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There Are Still Challenges Ahead On Transfer Front For Steve Bruce

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.

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.

18 comments so far

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Aug 17, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Rob, knock knock

  • JohnJ

    Aug 17, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #2


  • JohnJ

    Aug 17, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Well almost!

  • spb

    Aug 17, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #4

    We need to be very careful today Norwich are not to be sniffed at They are a very good attacking side and are full of confidence. I watched there game against liverpool and they got behind them on a number of occasions and where lucky not to score more than 1goal. They are at home and will be looking to get off to a good start in front of there home support. On the plus side I think we can take advantage of them being over confident there gonna come out flying and we can take advantage of this. Gonna say the toon to win 2-0

  • NezzaNUFC

    Aug 17, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Traitor Bruce has favoured the 352 system for many years, look how successful it is!!!!

    2-0 to Norwich both goals will come from the wings, then the sheeps will be thinking give him 10 games.

    Then 10 games will come with maybe a point or 2 and the sheeps will still support SB and Mike….it’s laughable!

  • IrishRob

    Aug 17, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #6

    John you always fail so badly at getting first, literally always, lol. Just refresh before you send.

  • runheed

    Aug 17, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #7


  • Jib

    Aug 17, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Neil it’s so quiet because you forgot the “next” button on the previous article

  • IrishRob

    Aug 17, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Its quiet every matchday, they are all at the match.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 17, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #10

    The quicker they sack Steve Bruce and have to hire someone who won’t put up with their nonsense the better.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 17, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #11

    1 hour 40 Minutes to KO

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 17, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #12

    SMB’s winning 2-1. Were one down but shit happens.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 17, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #13


    See you gone for Muto to be TS, same as me. Bit of a longshot by both of us but I have a hunch, Esmeralda!

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 17, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #14

    I’ve missed your countdowns EGB.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 17, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #15

    38 mins
    Post update
    Arsenal 1-0 Burnley

    Time for the Mike Dean show to start. The referee decides he hasn’t had much input in the first 38 minutes and opts to book Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for not retreating 10 yards quickly enough at a Burnley free-kick.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 17, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #16

    @15 BBC website, I should add.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 17, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Leopards don’t change their spots and while I can just about give the man a chance Bruce is already displaying worrying indications of being stuck in a time warp.

    The early fiasco with Sheffield Wednesday, the eleventh choice rumours, the old school training ground runs to show who’s the big man, that substitution, that one minute change of mind and now woefully predicable pundit style comments that wouldn’t be out of place on the Fast Show.

    Norwich are up for it to day albeit with a reduced squad.
    We need to win and well.
    Now is the time to accumulate points to get ahead of the pack at the start of the season and by christmas be well up the table.
    First two games I would have said we should be taking 4 points. Three would be a step in the right direction.

  • TomaKaThor

    Aug 17, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Burnley doing better than us away against a stronger Arsenal team lol 1-1


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