Benitez still definitely needs a striker and Saturday's 1-1 draw with Swansea was evidence of that, and quite a few fans of the Tyneside club would rather see a goalscorer take priority if Newcastle have that sort of money to spend. "In the first half, we had more than enough chances to kill the game and that's why we're so disappointed".
A boring and uninspired fixture eventually found an opening goal on the hour mark with Jordan Ayew following up a rebound from his own headed effort.
Progress on incoming signings remains painfully slow, with a loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Kenedy now the brightest prospect, and in the meantime the manager is concentrating only on today's home clash with Swansea and the task of easing the club further clear of the drop zone.
That Newcastle scrambled a point in a game they should have won but could have lost was down to an unlikely hero.
Replays suggested they should have had a 37th minute penalty and the Magpies reduced to 10 men when Mo Diame handled a Mike van der Hoorn shot that was going in.
Gayle should have done much better when he headed well wide after good work down the left from Perez, who could find neither power nor direction with an effort from the right of the box after Swansea again surrendered possession.More news: Dahanu: Boat carrying 40 children capsized off the coast, 4 dead
But just eight minutes later, on-loan Stoke forward Joselu equalised as his low shot went through the legs of Alfie Mawson. Goals from Ayoze Pérez and Jonjo Shelvey made sure they weren't on the end of a upset with the3-1 victory.
"It was very positive, the intensity that we were playing with, the determination trying to score and trying to win the game".
However, Joselu came off the bench to drag Newcastle out of even deeper relegation trouble and deny Swansea a major boost to their Premier League survival hopes.
- Jordan Ayew has scored in three of his last five Premier League appearances, after failing to score in his previous 15 in the competition beforehand.