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Steve Bruce Continues To Temper January Transfer Expectations


Steve Bruce has revealed that he is scheduled to hold a meeting with chief scout Steve Nickson next week. He’s also spoken to Lee Charnely recently about the January window.

However, Bruce will only look to bring players in under the right circumstances.

The Chronicle have published Bruce’s comments on the upcoming transfer talks. This is what he said:

“I spoke to Lee yesterday. We have a meeting next week with Steve Nickson, the chief scout.

“But it’s always difficult in January. If there’s somebody out there who can improve us we’ll try to act, but in terms of big conversations, I haven’t really had them yet.

“I know what I would like to have, but whether you get it is a different thing. If you can’t get it, you have to be patient.

“Bringing people in for the sake of it is not the right thing, but if you can get somebody who can improve the team, any manager would act. We’ll try to do our best.”

Steve Bruce continues to temper expectations about the January window. While we have been linked with a fair few players, it seems as if Bruce is not expecting to get much business done.

He has continually warned that the winter window is a tough one to bring players in.

A few weeks ago, Bruce said that he hasn’t had any conversations about incomings but that a meeting was planned in the coming weeks. We suppose next week’s meeting is the one that Bruce was referring to in his press conference before the Chelsea game.

This is what he said at the time:

“I haven’t really spoken about the January window yet as I haven’t seen all of what I’ve got here quite yet. Always January is a difficult, difficult window, but we’ll start planning for it in the next couple of weeks”

We are not sure if Bruce is just being coy or if he really doesn’t expect much activity when the window opens. There is reportedly some money available, probably enough to get in someone like Jarrod Bowen from Hull City.

The club definitely need to look at additions upfront. While we have been linked with central defenders, full-backs, and defensive midfielders, those positions can wait until the summer.

If we continue to average just around one goal every two matches over the next few months, then the goal-scoring issue must be addressed in January.

Bowen seems like the ideal winter target for Newcastle. He’ll likely be in our price range and would jump at the chance to play in the Premier League.

Newcastle will also have loan options available if they decide to go that route. They must at least get a plan together and targets identified. Whether they can get them over the line is another issue, but they must be ready to act in January if we are still hovering in or around the relegation zone.


38 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Later on in his presser Bruce implied that his conversations with
    Charnley have been about securing our better players with new contracts.

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  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Bruce also said his big conundrum was whether to improve
    our abysmal scoring record with a change in formation or
    personnel.

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  • scout

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    The best thing LC can do in this window is get Paul Winstanley in as a scout from Brighton. He’s discovered some fantastic players for Brighton.
    He has a keen eye for a player.

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    scout, you wouldn’t happen to actually be Paul Winstanley, would you?

    😉

    4
  • Ron Knee

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #5

    The latest accounts show Ashley’s spending on “use of the company jet and helicopter” tripled to £2.1m and his family were treated to £113,000 of matchday hospitality at Newcastle, up from £78,000 a year earlier. (Grauniad)

    3
  • RobLeenio

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Bruce is going to be asked about the January window because modern journalists don’t have an original thought in their heads, but realistically it’s two months away and the club are not going to let on what their plans are, what the budget is or which positions they want to strengthen.

    His non-answers in these situations are par for the course and don’t indicate a thing of note.

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  • scout

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    RobLee
    I’m not Paul no, but I had a conversation with him and he’s certainly an interesting character.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Exactly Charlie, he looked like a retired player coming back to play a charity match. The biggest issue was just how slow he was.

    After seeing him in that state, I’m genuinely shocked people want or think he can start a match YET!!!!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #9

    Now that the MLS is winding down getting a couple of players on loan from there in January could be a good move.

    Vela has EPL experience and has been banging them in for fun all season, OK he wasn’t a big hit previously in the EPL but could be worth a punt.

    Valeri, Martinez, Pozuela, Johnny Russel even Ibrahamovitch could be worth trying short term wouldn’t break Ashlies piggy bank either.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #10

    £113k of match day hospitality, blimey no wonder Greggs shares are booming!

    5
  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Bill
    We have full squad
    The only reason you would get an extra body in would
    be if they were to replace a current squad member.

    As Bruce said in his presser – you don’t sign players just for
    the sake of it.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ll try again:

    After last weeks revelation that Bruce could have on two seperate occasions become the manager of Wolves. I am surprised he hasn’t admitted to being approached to write for a Sullivan and Gold publication!!!!!!

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib “As Bruce said in his presser – you don’t sign players just for the sake of it.”

    So how do you explain Joelinton?

    😉

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Jib

    I’d hope that any signings would be to improve the quality of the squad especially in the striker department and not just for the sake of signing players.

    And we seem to have a constant list of players getting injured.

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  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    robleenio
    He said
    The only reason you would get an extra body in would
    be if they were to replace a current squad member.

    Rondon went

    Every day you resemble Jail for Ashley a teeny bit more
    throwing out snide one line remarks just to be
    a cross – grained clever dick just for the sake of it

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  • lesh

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #16

    As it’s day-shift, it’s probably appropriate to leave the subject of politics till later. But before I do, a couple of general points.

    Online – you claim an open mind and some degree of uncertainty about some of the points made in the course of the Brexit debate – yet you seem to post comments presented by The Telegraph (the owners of which have vast wealth and rob the UK tax payers blind) and Daily Heil – prop, Viscount Rothermere (ditto comment about the Barclay twins).

    Are they the people who the British voters should trust to inform their opinions on politics? Think about it.

    Votes at 16 years of age? Yes please, they’re less likely go have their opinions shaped by the popular media and their soundbites than your average adult!, Agajn, think about it.

    Let’s not overlook one Tim Martin who pushes his pro free-market anti EU opinion in his own, free publication – The Wetherspoon’s Bugle or whatever it’s called. How very kind of him to write with a view to promoting discussion over a few pints. Some would call it subtle manipulation.

    And now, we’re presented with Farage citing his ‘good friend’ Trump who’s not interested in buying the NHS – unsaid, just the profitable bits.

    Be careful what you wish for, think of those who’ll have to live with the consequences of the decisions of their elders.

    Anyway, enough.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Jibbers,
    What a shame for you that you can’t have the blog to yourself, what a novel idea, seeing as your so erudite and knowledgable in pretty much everything, why not start your own?

    8
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #18

    We need strikers, sell Gayle to a Champo club and put an extra 15M towards someone who will compliment Joelinton then find a system that will allow all four star forwards to play together, if not, one will have to be dropped.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Btw Robleenio,
    Football mate, football.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #20

    They have to flog Gayle anyway unless they’re ambitiously planning to keep him for the Champo.

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #21

    Jail
    This a great blog with some great posters (not you)
    Robleenio used to be a good poster but has joined
    the “say nothing new – only dig at other posters” brigade

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Essex Geordie Bill
    Jib
    I’d hope that any signings would be to improve the quality of the squad especially in the striker department

    So how would getting players from the MLS on loan solve that ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #23

    When are they going to offer Darlow and Elliott new deals? Manquillo isn’t getting one as isn’t Ki, what about Fernandez, don’t players values decrease rapidly when they’re in their last year. There’s a lot of big decisions to be made. Do they weigh up Ritchies value to the team or try to get 10M, Collocini kept getting new deals despite begging to leave. Confused? You will be!!

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib “Every day you resemble Jail for Ashley a teeny bit more
    throwing out snide one line remarks just to be
    a cross – grained clever dick just for the sake of it”

    Woah, easy tiger – just trying to relieve the boredom on a humdrum rainy Friday afternoon.

    I was being facetious over Joelinton’s meagre contribution to date, not having a dig at you in any way.

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Lesh you are assuming that people who read the DT mindless sheep who can’t decide for themselves on what is right wing propaganda and factual.

    I enjoy reading the DT, only get it on Saturday, but don’t take every word printed in it as gospel.

    In much the same way that JW take the Bible as being totally true, which it obviously aint. Just thought I’d chuck a bit of religion into the mix to add a bit of spice to the blog. For a change!!! 😉

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Jibbers,
    I think you’re deluded. You are so blinkered by your hypocrisy, arrogance and spiteful ness that you simply don’t realise how hypocritical, arrogant and spiteful you are.

    8
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Jib
    Cos the players I’ve mentioned I believe to be quality players.

    2
  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Bill
    Sex next
    Go for the full – house

    2
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #29

    We’ve only used one loan so far I think, so we should be looking at Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham or Man Citys youth acadamies for the next Abrahams. Phil Foden perhaps or one of Liverpool’s young strikers. If they’re young and confident they might hit the ground running. If we want to spend money bring in Bowen, & Mitrovic who will get goals even in a bad team. But Ashley seems to have a dislike for paying a highish price for championship players. Or we could rescue Rondon from Dalian as it sounds like there’s a chance he might not be happy.

    Or we stick with a team with players who need 10+ chances to get one goal playing a system they only get one chance every two or three games.

    1
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Not sure if this has been posted yet, but figured I’d drop it in anyway just in case…

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/nov/01/mike-ashley-spent-millions-private-jet-helicopter-flights-profits-fell-billionaire

    And surprise surprise, there’s yet more arguing in here. Don’t you lot get bored constantly squabbling with each other? It’s always the same people, on here all day, every day, sniping at each other. Get a life man!

    5
  • AncientC

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #31

    I have to hand it to Jib, he will vehemently defend whoever is the manager at any given time… but once the incumbent is gone, they are fair game.

    I wonder if Jib regrets falling out with Welshy over Benitez—now that Rafa is that fair game as described.

    The King is dead, long live King Bruce.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #32

    Stuart Attwell is the ref for Saturday, we got 4 yellows from him last game he reffed against us so don’t expect any favours from him.

    Not like the normal nice friendly refs we usually have!!!

    1
  • AncientC

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Scythe, interesting link. I honestly think Mike Ashley is completely out of control at this point. He is making bad business decisions and trampling all over his share holders.

    The sooner the club parts ways with Ashley the better. (Stating the obvious I know)

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #34

    The Chinese Super League ends November 2nd
    Venezuela have a friendly vs Japan in Osaka on the
    19th November
    The CSL 2020 league restarts in March

    Rondon on loan for 3 months ?

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #35

    TNMW

    Isn’t it a bit ironic that we might be looking at getting loans from the top clubs to play in our 1st team and are sending our promising youngster to struggling lower league clubs where they can’t even get games.

    Not just ironic but a tad shameful as well.

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  • AncientC

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #36

    “The Sports Direct owner’s family also received more than £100,000 of hospitality at Newcastle United, Ashley’s football club.”

    What is that? about 10% of what SDI has paid for more than a decades worth of advertising. The margins will be narrowed elsewhere.

    3
  • Jib

    Nov 1, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #37

    je ne regrette rien

    1
  • oldbyker

    Nov 1, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #38

    We could do with a good A mid player who can pick out a pass

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