This past week we saw that Steve Bruce had four players training with the first-team who did not make the 25-man squad. Those players are Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Henri Saivet, and Jamie Sterry.
Incidentally, Jamie Sterry has started for the U23s in their match today against West Ham and scored a goal.
8' – GOAL – Newcastle United Under-23s 1 (Jamie Sterry) West Ham United Under-23s 0
The young Magpies take an early lead at Whitley Park as Sterry fires a low effort into the left-hand corner! #NUFC
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 17, 2019
Yesterday, there were reports that Jack Colback wished to remain at Newcastle in the hopes that he could force his way into the squad during the January window.
However, Steve Bruce has made some comments published in the Chronicle suggesting that he is lining up a loan deal for Jack and the others not in the squad.
This is what Steve Bruce has said about the four players still training with the first team as well as Achraf Lazaar:
“Management is hard because there was one or two. The boy Murphy scores after two minutes on his debut last week. Jack Colback I’ve known a long, long time.
“Ash Lazaar played for me, and Rolando played for me, but we have to pick 25. So I hope they can get fixed up – I really do – in the next two, three weeks,”
With the domestic transfer window closing on the 8th of August, Newcastle will have to find loan spells for these players either abroad, in Scotland, or at the League One or Two level.
The League One and Two windows close on September 2nd while the Scottish window is open until the first. The European window deadline dates vary depending on the league.
Steve Bruce has made some comments about how it is a problem for English clubs that the European windows remain open after the English window has shut.
“It’s ludicrous that all of Europe’s still open, that’s for sure. I think we have to do something about that.
“If we’re going to shut the window, then all of Europe has to shut because some clubs are going to have to sell a player they maybe don’t want to and can’t add to it.”
We agree with these sentiments from Steve Bruce. While there are advantages to having a transfer window shut before the first game of the season, it can cause serious issues if the European windows remain open.
As Steve Bruce has said, if a Premier League club has to sell a vital member of their squad, then they could be left short until the window opens again in January.
While a club could always reject any incoming offer for a player, a situation in which a player who had a release clause met would leave the club powerless to prevent the move.
While this is not likely to happen too often, we preferred it when all windows closed around the end of August.