Newcastle United briefing: Joselu update, Rafa Benitez counts cost of Tottenham defeat

Florian Lejeune gets treatment
Florian Lejeune gets treatment

Rafa Benitez is today counting the cost of Newcastle United's defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

The club was defeated 2-0 at St James's Park yesterday.

And Benitez also lost Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett to injuries – and Jonjo Shelvey to a three-game suspension.

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An eventful day ended with the airing of an interview with owner Mike Ashley.

The billionaire revealed he was unwilling to put any more money into the club – and was prepared to sell it.

Here's your daily briefing:

Apology

Shelvey was shown a red card for treading on Dele Alli's ankle.

The score was goalless at the time, but Tottenham took control of the game once Newcastle went down to 10 men.

Shelvey was quick to apologise to his team-mates after the Tottenham game.

“He apologised to everyone afterwards," said an unhappy Benitez after the game. “He knows he made a mistake.”

Shelvey had led the team out, but will he captain Newcastle again?

United manager Benitez is mulling over his options.

Meanwhile, Shelvey has revealed why he sought help from a psychologist during the club's Championship campaign.

Breakthrough 'close'

Benitez was also asked about transfers after the game.

And he didn't offer much encouragement.

“It’s the same situation before," said Benitez, who told of his transfer frustration last week.

"It doesn’t change too much. We know what we need, and we know what we have to do. I don’t know if anything is close."

However, there appears to be progress in the club's efforts to sign Stoke City striker Joselu, who is due on Tyneside for a medical ahead of a move to Newcastle.

Blunt message

Ashley revealed that the club was still for sale in his interview with Sky Sports.

However, the billionaire is not optimistic about the chances of finding a buyer.

“If somebody would like come along and take this seat and fund Newcastle with a nought on the end with their wealth more than me, I will not stand in Newcastle United’s way,” said Ashley.

“One of the reasons I’m doing this interview is that I don’t think you’ll find there’s many people out there who will actually stand up and do it.

“I think we’re going to be together a good while longer and we’ve got the man in Rafa and let’s hope that we can generate some funds and we give him some chance to get some building blocks going over the coming years.”