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Steve Bruce Gushes With Praise For ‘Wonderful Pro’


This morning Steve Bruce gave his press conference, and the main news was the injury situation with the central defenders. Bruce added Ciaran Clark to the list of the injured but also stated that both Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune were back in contention, barring any setbacks over the next few days.

The timing is perfect for the return of Florian Lejeune, who can slot into the left side of the back three, where he starred for Newcastle last season before his devastating knee injury in April against Crystal Palace.

It’s been a long road back for the 28-year-old and one which he was all too familiar with as this was his second serious knee injury in less than a year. Florian put in the hard work during what had to be a dark time for the Frenchman.

Florian Lejeune– an inspirational return on Monday?

Bruce made some comments about Lejeune during the press conference and how he has been committed to getting back onto the pitch for Newcastle:

“The big one is obviously Flo, because he’s been out for so long. But he’s done everything – he’s played, he’s got minutes under his belt on the training ground and he’s ready to go.

“The same goes for Schär; as long as they come through the next two or three days unscathed then they’ll both come into contention, and that can only be a good thing.

“There comes a point where you can’t keep training and training and training; you have to be thrown into the deep end, if that’s the right word. But (Lejeune) is a wonderful pro.

“He’s the first in, the last to go and he’s done everything he possibly can. He feels he’s ready, and I think that’s the most important thing – he knows his knee better than anybody. He’s done all his minutes and he’s ready to go.

Florian has been a spectacular professional since joining Newcastle in the summer of 2017. He’s quite possibly our best defender while also being quite adept with the ball at his feet.

While it would be devastating for Ciaran Clark to lose his place due to a slight hamstring injury suffered on international duty, Newcastle is blessed to have so many quality defenders who can come in and keep the team solid at the back.


46 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Matchday revenue of £100million may be based on Champions League. But having been to the stadium, that will be a venue that is used for a multitude of other events which would not fall under Matchday revenue projections. Either way, the debt is very serviceable – dependant on the term I guess, not sure if that was mentioned in Mindshafts post.

    They most certainly won’t be going under anytime soon, as was earlier alluded to.

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #2

    “Munster Mag

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #32
    As per usual, the only sense on the blog is coming out of the balanced thinkers like Lil and Billson . The rest is noise because the Rafa fantasists are still so doom laden that they cant think straight…..”

    So the majority of the bloggers here are “noise” and only Bills Son, Lilongwe, Munster (totally on board Richard Keys) make sense? Oh. Ok. Not feeling patronised at all.

    😀

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  • B&W blood

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Finances are always simplified to a ridiculous level on internet blogs and forums

    Spurs 55m increase in revenue doesnt automatically cover 50m in stadium repayments. A large amount if that will be taken up in extra costs incurred generating revenue.

    For example if 20m of the extra is additional food and drink sales the bottom line profit would be a max of 10% converting to 2m to use towards repayment

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #4

    What time was it this turned into a spurs financial forum? 🙂

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Sounds like you, Munster:

    “A straw man is a form of argument and an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent’s argument, while actually refuting an argument that was not presented by that opponent. One who engages in this fallacy is said to be “attacking a straw man”.”

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6

    @Bleatin’ n Bruced thank you i was wondering the very same thing i thought this was a Toon blob not a Spurs blog ??

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #7

    *Blog not blob ha ha

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  • martoon

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Lochinvar from earlier – if only Colin Weir had been a Toon fan 😉

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Bleating,
    C’mon, admit it, you wish you could post as sensibly and well thought out as me!

    ?

    Munster,
    While you are very clearly correct in your assesment of my posts, I think there are a fair few who make decent points. I don’t always agree with them, but they are still, inthe main, valid. It is only when it gets into the bickering and one up manship that all reason and sensible points go out the window.

    Just don’t rise to the Rafa stuff, I think your standpoint is fairly cemented on that. Just leave it at that and move on. Same applies to those on the other side really.

    We all know Rafa is better than Bruce. Bruce knows Rafa is better than Bruce. But Rafa went, and Bruce is here. Maybe he will end up a puppet, maybe he will push the board in Jan and state publically what he wants. He hasn’t been shy of controversy in the past. I think that will be the one that will make or break his standing with fans.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    Bleating,
    Question mark after the 1st para was meant to be a smiley face…… I knew there was a reason I didn’t bother with them!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Ron,
    That sounds like 22 more than anyone else on here!

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #12

    “Lilongwe Geordie
    They most certainly won’t be going under anytime soon, as was earlier alluded to.”

    ‘Twas I doing the alluding.

    It would appear that the Spurs board don’t agree with you
    They sack a manager in November who had them in a CL final in May

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Ron
    @5
    You just described a large number of posters on this blog

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #14

    I’d say we are left with our 3 best CBS, flo, schar, Fernandez. Quality 3 CBS in my opinion, as for Ritchie he would be useful on the bench, maybe worth bringing on when carroll comes on and supplies some crosses.

    LB berth is gone for him now though, could be argued he’s a player we could cash in on to pay for Jethro and still have money leftover. Dummett can cover LB as can manquillo

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  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Re Villa away on monday, take a look at this tweet, https://twitter.com/Thomas_NUST/status/1197185302231695361

    We’re second only to citeh for midweek away games – and of course we have the greatest distance to travel. It’s a testament to our travelling fans that we pretty much sell out all our allocations for these games.

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  • Our Toon

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib

    If rumours are true that poch and levy were at odds and have been since pre season then the writing was always going to be on the wall for poch, no matter how they’ve performed and transformed under him levy was always going to get rid, he’s probably gutted as he would have wanted someone to poach him so he could cash in.

    On spurs finances, that’ll grow to alot more,n especially considering that new stadium will host NFL games aswell. Smart business sense from levy but will impact the football

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  • toon22

    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Hiya JIB and his many alts

    Here 24/7 defending Jabba

    Its never Jabbas fault

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Jib,
    Poch wasn’t sacked cause they are going under. He was sacked cause their form since Feb/March would have them hovering mid to lower table. They have loftier ambitions than that.

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Actually if you watched ‘Arry Redknapp on the Debate
    last night he said MP was convinced he was going to get
    the Man U job and his failure to do so has soured him.

    If he gets a start at Old Trafford you’ll know Levy pushed
    him before he jumped

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Munster ” the only sense on the blog is coming out of the balanced thinkers like Lil and Billson”

    Lilongwe “you are very clearly correct in your assesment of my posts”

    Jeez, the arrogance of some on here….

    🙁

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Munster

    You’re about as fair and balanced as tar and feathering someone.

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #22

    there’s a host of reasons Poch got the sack, poor form, half the dressing room allegedly not speaking to each other , players refusing to play – they certainly aren’t going to go bust if they don’t qualify for champions league this season or even next. I can only presume Jib was saying that with tongue firmly in cheek

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Rob,
    Haha, I know, some of these posters on here just think they are amazing… It is lucky I’m modest as well as posting sense….

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #24

    Pushed him and his staff before he jumped … and paid them up in full to go??? not sure why he would do that… prob best to stop talking as you’re just digging a hole you don’t have a ladder for

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib,
    I thought the rumours (or at least several I have heqrd down here) are that Poch was asked to stand down/mutual the usual ‘not sacked but left the club’ and he refused to go. That is supposedly why all this wasn’t done at the start of the international break.

    Anyway, a few more bad results for Man U and I’d fully expect Poch to be there by the end of Jan.

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  • posada

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #26

    toon22
    Nov 21, 2019 at 12:59 PM
    Comment #17
    Hiya JIB and his many alts
    Here 24/7 defending Jabba
    Its never Jabbas fault
    ********************************************
    See above from Tool22. When certain folks post this is one of a number of stock replies that kick in.
    Pre formatted.

    Hence, he’s part Bot on many occasions.
    Now and again actual people log in as Tool22.
    Probably a small group as the style of his/their posts change from time to time.

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Mindshaft
    How can repeating something HR said on Sky
    be digging a hole ?
    I think Redknapp may know one or two folk at Spurs
    just guessing like

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Because you added the last line yourself of course…

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Ha Lilo I never disputed your quality of posting nor of course your innate humility, which is something I above all others appreciate only too well he he. 🙂

    Although I’m not near as ‘umble as Munster (wrings flat cap to chest with both hands, head bowed)

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  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #30

    I suppose a relevance that the sacking of Pochettino has is the contrast it shows between a club with sporting ambitions and our good selves under Ashley.

    Mauricio was fired for precisely the same reason SteeBee was hired. 😉

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Tsunki
    Put your cap back on please
    The light off your bald pate is dazzling !

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #32

    No mention of Yedlin in Bruce’s pre-match interviews. I’m assuming that means that whatever he limped of with vs Cuba for the USA is not serious.

    Looking forward to seeing Lejeune vack in action, whenever it happens. Such a cultured player, always seems in control. I know everyone has been all over Schaer this season (and rightly so) but Lejeune always looked like the class act in our back line when fit.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #33

    Have not been impressed at all by Joelinton – and am reluctant now to suggest a favoured clause of “he’s just a young lad- plenty of time to learn”.

    For the money supposedly paid for him – he should be banging the goals in. Contrary to what some say about his lone striker role – he fails in the vast majority of balls hoofed upfield. Defenders come in over the top of him and head the ball back. He does not win many of these challenges – if any.

    Also he does not do much chasing to get the ball back if he is dispossessed.
    I’m afraid, in my opinion, he is not the answer to our lack of goals.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #34

    There has been a lot of deep and meaningful discussion on many issue today but one comment earlier has me rather flummoxed and i’d be grateful for an answer.
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    Does Santa need to park?

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  • RobLeenio

    Nov 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Mister Tuff, probably fair to say it wouldn’t be the first time you’ve been sceptical over one of our newly acquired strikers / forwards – see below following the victory over Bournemouth last season.

    “Mister Tuff
    Nov 11, 2018 at 1:15 AM
    Comment #85
    Rob – while Rondon was the difference today I’m not totally convinced about him. Time will tell I suppose.”

    I wonder what time told you in the end about our player of the year?

    😉

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #36

    geordietom

    I fully understand your need to have a go at toon22, as indeed so do many of the rational balanced people on the blog.

    But can I say that having a dig at his caring about the environment and in particular plastic in the oceans and using this as a stick to beat him with should not be one of them. This is an issue that transcends petty blog differences imo.

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 21, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #37

    After facing their manager’s former club Villa on Monday, Steve Bruce’s men host Manchester City a week on Saturday before a hectic schedule in December.

    “I said coming into this run of games, after the international break, this next five or six weeks is probably the defining part of the season,” Bruce said.

    “The games come thick and fast. I think we’ve got six or seven games in December, which is ridiculous, so it will define the season and where we’re going to be.” (BBC)

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  • cyprus

    Nov 21, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Florian is very good but it’s been a string of cameos.

    Glad we don’t depend on him or we’d be in trouble.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 21, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Lee Mason is the ref for the Villa game, we had 8 yellow cards in two games from him last season, but he is one of the few refs to give us a penalty in recent seasons, wonder if he’s using an old refs handbook.

    Info from the official NUFC site.

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  • Jib

    Nov 21, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #40

    ronleenio @ 35
    Ha ha ha
    That is brilliant
    The pompous sage of the blog Mr Tuff
    A b s o l u t e l y OWNED !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Early Xmas gift

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