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Steve Bruce Having A Lot More Say With These Two Targets

When Steve Bruce arrived at Newcastle in July, the transfer activity was already well underway. Both Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin had been earmarked by Newcastle’s recruitment team when Rafa Benitez was still at the club.

Similarly, Jetro Willems had been linked with Newcastle for about four years since his good friend Gini Wijnaldum had arrived.

For those deals, Bruce reportedly just had to give his approval as much of the work had already been done.

For the next window, it appears like our top two targets at the moment, Granit Xhaka and Jarrod Bowen, are both players that Bruce is pushing the club to sign.

Granit Xhaka is well outside Newcastle’s scouting policy. The player is 27-year-old and on big wages, reportedly around £130m/wk. So for this reason, it seems like a loan deal is the most realistic option for Newcastle.

Steve Bruce– pushing to get his targets in January

However, Jarrod Bowen fits nicely into Newcastle’s policy. He will be 23-years-old next month and could be nabbed at a slightly reduced price with his contract situation still in limbo with Hull.

If the latest reports on Bowen are accurate, he would be a true Steve Bruce signing. The Northern Echo is reporting that Bruce is pushing for Bowen’s transfer in January.

They also say that Bowen was one of the players Bruce identified to Newcastle’s recruitment team when he arrived. Steve Bruce was at Hull City when Bowen joined as a 17-year-old in 2014. Bowen only featured for Hull’s youth sides while Bruce was there, though.

Newcastle were first linked with Bowen the week after Bruce arrived on July 17th. They wasted no time as they had scouts watching him when Emil Krafth and Amiens traveled to Hull City for a preseason friendly on July 24th.

If Bruce can get these two players over the line in January, that would be some excellent business. It would also signal some rare trust in the head coach from the powers that be at Newcastle.

19 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 17, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #1


    That’s the thing, your ego tells you that you are interesting and that we must hang on your every word in your Walter Mitty existence where you’ve done everything and are more intelligent than anyone else, except possibly your alts. Newsflash, look how extremely easy you are to wind up and how you always revert to playground name calling. Hardly the form of a faux, would be academic endlessly trying to impress with his desperate ”look at me” dramas. You need to get more sleep, disappear for a few hours when there’s just a chance on your return you may have slept it off.

    However, lets be honest, no seriously lets for just a minute, you possibly aren’t aware that you do come over as a bit of a socially inadequate, narcissistic sad act lacking in any class and the niceties and I don’t think we can honestly see that pattern changing any time soon can we pet. It’s okay if you don’t like me, not everyone has good taste.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 17, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Duck sake, I missed the boat!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 17, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #3

    Just one more, Joelinton cost more than Rafa’s whole team when they beat Bournemouth

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Never fear my friend there will be other threads

  • toon22

    Nov 17, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    JIB is PR

    Spends 24/7 defending Jabba
    Its not just this blog they post on


  • Ron Knee

    Nov 17, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #7

    “We used to have three or four thousand fans watching first-team training,” remembers Albert. “The people were tremendous. Kevin was always the last one in to take a shower. If he had to sign 800 autographs, he would do it. No names but I remember two players wanted to leave straight after training. I remember Keegan grabbed them by the neck and told them: ‘You go back. Sign for those people – they are paying your wages.’ That’s Kevin.

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    I used to watch them train at Maiden Castle quite a lot at that time
    3 or 4 thousand is a bit of an exaggeration but it was certainly a
    few hundred.

  • IrishRob

    Nov 17, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Sorry Jib I just feel like I let everyone down, I’ll try harder the next time.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 17, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Hahahaha – jib taking a beating – well deserved.

    Very good “pen picture” of the miscreant by Rotonda. Rounding it all up old Jib is just another one of societys’ scumbags.

    I would anticipate some of Jibs’ fwends, you know who they are – a couple of pea brains/dip sticks will be on shortly bigging him up.

  • Oldgit1

    Nov 17, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail continue licking toon 22 arse as you would say. Jib is more than capable of standing up for himself against the likes of you and your cronies. From a outside perception it’s comical watching you make an idiot of yourself thinking you are worthy of any attention from any posters.

    Bullying of any kind is now recognised as a crime, watching you and your cronies turn on some of the posters on here is disgusting and a reason for posters on this site is declining.

    It’s shameful some continue to abuse Ed site in this way.

    Anyway, I won’t be posting on this site for a while, have other things to do. So continue to throw around the insults.

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #12

    quite right
    I don’t need any assistance against the intellectual
    dwarves that infest this place.

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Still waiting for evidence of sholas degree and masters … Possibly still downloading ?

  • Jib

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #14
  • Mindshaft

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15

    To be fair, I may have missed it – I don’t bother to go through past comments

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib, haha Longstaffs would do a better job than fatty for sure 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #17


    Love your line

    ‘However, lets be honest, no seriously lets for just a minute, you possibly aren’t aware that you do come over as a bit of a socially inadequate, narcissistic sad act lacking in any class and the niceties’

    I reckon it covers a few people on the blog, has Ed and Neil cornered that particular market? 🙂

  • geordietom

    Nov 17, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #18

    are DR ED and family pr or ALTS …

    TOOL22 the balls in your court …

  • RoyalToon

    Nov 17, 2019 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #19

    Xhaka is another Collback but on 3 times the wages. Gives you nothing. Is slow and gives away so many fouls. If we have Hayden, the 2 Longstaffs and Shelvey we dont need him. Would rather give Savet another go. Such a waste of money. Please don’t go for him.


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