Swansea City's Jordan Ayew on target in Newcastle United stalemate

Swansea City's Jordan Ayew on target in Newcastle United stalemate

"Without saying any names, we are not thinking about selling anyone who is playing and who is ready, because we need players", said Benitez, ahead of this afternoon's Premier League home game with Swansea City.

I'm the only person that predicts Rob Elliot will return between the sticks, Roy's the only one expecting to see Chancel Mbemba in the squad.

Florian Lejeune and Aleksandar Mitrovic remain unavailable but Christian Atsu is expected to be recalled after being rested for the Cup-tie.

Swansea manager Carvalhal has fond memories of his two previous trips to Tyneside as Sheffield Wednesday boss. After picking up just five points out of an available 39, Paul Clements tenure at the Liberty Stadium came to an end in December.

Newcastle, which hasn't won at home since October 21, made the lead last only seven minutes.

His side are just three points clear of the bottom three while Swansea stay at the foot of the table, four points adrift of safety, and now have the daunting proposition of home fixtures with Liverpool and Arsenal to come. If we create, it doesn't matter if it's a winger or a midfielder, we have to be more clinical in front of goal.

Swansea will assess Renato Sanches, who has a hamstring problem, and Tammy Abraham, who is nursing a hip injury.

Right-back Angel Rangel will miss the game due to a calf strain, but Ki Sung-yeung and Leon Britton have recovered from a similar issue.

- The Swans have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games, conceding 20 goals in the process. The England worldwide had previously scored five in his first 10 appearances for Swansea.

The former Liverpool and Swansea man Shelvey has been strongly linked with a transfer to David Moyes team during recent weeks with reports suggesting that Benitez would sanction a move if he received an offer in the region of £12 million.