By Emma Sanders

Rafa Benitez has stated Newcastle do not need to spend £20 million on an emerging player in the January transfer window because the squad is already good enough.

The Magpies boss questioned whether it would be worth it to spend such a large amount on a player who is not already proven at the highest level.

Newcastle sit at the top of the Championship by one point over Brighton and are odds-on favourites to earn automatic promotion back into the Premier League.

Benitez claims he will only buy in January if there are players available of top-flight quality and ones who are better than his team to maintain “balance.”

“You have young players [available] but they say £20million. Do you need to pay £20 million for a player when you’re at the top of the table with a good squad and doing well? Maybe not,” said Benitez, as reported by the Chronicle.

“For us, we need to sign players with a Premier League level or players that can be better than the players that we have. Why do we have to pay £20million for a player that’s not better than my players?”

Benitez is not well known for his ability to develop youth players and is better known for his knack in finding proven players for a bargain price.

At Liverpool, Benitez made a number of new signings, some of which went on to achieve great success with the club and others who turned out to be complete flops.

During his time at Newcastle, Benitez has already made some brilliant signings, bringing in Mohamed Diame, Vurnon Anita, Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie who have all had a crucial impact on their Championship run so far this season.

Newcastle’s next clash is against Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day and they will be hoping to consolidate their position at the top of the table.

In other Newcastle news, Matt Ritchie reveals why the next three games are so important.