Rafa Benitez: Newcastle couldn't compete in transfer market with Brighton and Huddersfield

Rafa Benitez has called on Newcastle United's fans to stay behind his team.

Benitez's 14th-placed side have lost their last four Premier League games.

Newcastle hope to end that losing run against managerless West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Tuesday night.

Benitez wasn't able to get the signings he wanted in the summer transfer window.

However, United's manager believes his players are giving everything – and he has called for unity ahead of the West Brom fixture.

“I think the majority of the fans know what happened, and they know the reality," said Benitez.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez

"The reality is that we have a good team. We have some injuries, and our squad is not as big as some squads.

"Still I think we are doing well. Could it be better? Yes, 100%. We need to be sure we understand our reality, which is that we are a team that have to stick together, like we did in a lot of games.

“We have to compete against Huddersfield, Brighton or Burnley, but we couldn’t compete against those clubs and sign the players they were signing.

"We couldn’t pay the prices they were paying or the wages they were offering.

"This group of players can manage if we stay calm and continue in the same way. Our fans know where we are and why we are here."