Steve Bruce has given a press conference with new signing Joelinton. Some of the comments are located on the club’s official Twitter page.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 24, 2019
The Chronicle also have produced some of Steve’s and Joelinton’s comments as they made them.
One comment that quite concerned us is that Steve Bruce said that they were working on making sure there will be one or two more in.
This is the quote from Steve Bruce when talking about incomings:
“We are doing our utmost to make sure there will be one or two more walking through the door to give us a hand.”
From our reckoning, we need at the minimum three to four more signings this summer as the club has lost three first-team players in Salomon Rondon, Ayoze Perez, and Mohamed Diame. It has also lost Joselu and Kenedy who served as cover for the majority of last season.
So far they have just brought in Joelinton but are getting close to signing Allan Saint-Maximin from Nice.
They are also very short of quality at both full-back positions which is in desperate need of strengthening.
This is concerning because the squad was already paper-thin last season. It looks like fringe players who were on loan last season may end up being relied upon this season more than we had hoped.
Bruce with new signing Joelinton– we need at least 4 more of these press conferences
Players like Henri Saivet, Jack Colback, Achraf Lazaar, Dwight Gayle, Jacob Murphy, and Rolando Aarons all went on loan last season but are back at Newcastle or soon will be in the case of Saivet.
Colback, Lazaar, and Aarons have so far featured heavily in pre-season. This does add a dilemma of squad size so maybe Bruce is referencing one or two more in on top of what is currently here. And that there are likely to be outgoings of some of the fringe players.
That is probably reading too much into it but we cannot only bring in one or two more players this summer.
It would be fine if players like Achraf Lazaar, Dwight Gayle, and Jack Colback are sold this summer and then replaced. However, we don’t want to end up losing any first-team players as the squad is already short on quality.
The club will find it very hard to offload some of these players but that should not limit the number of new faces brought in. They can always loan Lazaar and Aarons to Sheffield Wednesday after all.
We are a little concerned that all of a sudden the word from the club is one or two more on the same day that Mike Ashley has made his visit.
This is what Steve Bruce has said concerning the visit of the owner today:
“Mike came in to wish myself and the staff the best of luck. He met the new centre-forward.
“He took an interest in training and wished us all luck. I think it is always key to have a positive relationship.
“You need to get on with the people you work with. I am not interested in what went on before.
“So far he has been straight. I have asked a couple of questions and got straight answers.”
We hope one of those straight answers was not only one or two more in this summer.