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.