Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez believes Newcastle can take positives out of this week, despite Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham, following their dealings towards the end of the January transfer window.

The Magpies broke their transfer record for the first time since Michael Owen’s move in 2005, signing Miguel Almiron for a fee believed to be in the region of £20million before confirming the loan capture of Antonio Barreca.

Almiron did not feature on Saturday following problems with his work permit, but Benitez believes the 24-year-old will have a positive impact on the squad and is looking back on the previous week in a positive manner despite the narrow loss to Spurs.

Asked by Sky Sports News whether he believes it has been a good week for Newcastle, Benitez said

I think so. As I said before, to bring new faces, and the characteristics of these players, will be something that will be positive for the future. We needed that, and hopefully we will see what happens next.

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[Almiron] can help, like Barreca. When you have competition it is always positive for the team.

Newcastle remain in 15th following Saturday’s defeat, three places above Cardiff in the relegation zone.