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Bruce Names Type Of Player He’d Consider In January

Steve Bruce has, for the most part, played down any expectations for the January window. Whenever he’s been asked, his stock response has been to highlight that he hasn’t seen his entire squad just yet. His other go-to answer is to say if the right player becomes available, then they would consider a move.

That’s basically been the transfer talk being relayed from the club over the past few months. The same was echoed yesterday by managing director Lee Charnley.

Well, Bruce has spoken about the winter window again, but this time in the Chronicle.

While he’s still holding firm with what he’s said over the past few months, the head coach expanded on the type of player he considers to be optimal for a winter move. He’s pegged a loan move similar to Jetro Willems as something that the club would pursue.

This is what Bruce had to say when asked about the possibility of a loan in January:

“Yes. At Aston Villa, we used that well. It’s a bit different because we are in the Premier League now.

“You only get two domestic loans but I think it’s vitally important that if there is somebody who is available and can improve us, then we will be in a position to act, whether it’s a loan or whatever.

“As I keep saying though, in January everybody gets carried away with transfers. If they are not any better then what we’ve got, then what’s the point.

“And that’s where I have to draw the line. I still haven’t seen some people play yet, Yoshinori Muto hasn’t had a chance, Dwight Gayle hasn’t had a chance or Florian Lejeune too.

“I still haven’t seen what the full squad really is like. I have been delighted with them so far.

“So if there’s somebody can improve us on loan…Jetro Willems for example? If there’s another Jetro out there we’ll act.”

There’s a couple of takeaways from this answer from Bruce. The first is that he really rates Jetro, so hopefully, the club will trigger the clause to make his deal a permanent one.

It is reported to be around £9.3m, so maybe that could be done in January, but we are not sure how that would affect the remaining £20m in the budget.

It looks like the club are on the eye out for some loan moves and most likely domestic ones. Domestic loans make sense because the players are already Premier League tested.

Last season we got Antonio Barreca in from Monaco, but he only played around four minutes under Rafa Benitez. He’s also on loan at Genoa this season where he hasn’t featured much either.

We think a player on loan with a view to a permanent deal could be a decent move this winter. However, only if they are better than what we currently have like Bruce has said.

If we could get in one with the quality of Jetro Willems, then that would be absolutely fantastic.

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12 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 12, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #1


    Yeah I know that the NHS is in a bit of a mess, can’t help thinking that some of it might be down to all the technology needed in modern hospitals that must cost a fortune and can’t help things.

    And I do remember the seat on a train thing, as I said they are all a bit duplicitous.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 12, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #2

    We don’t have any domestic loans at the moment, do we?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Just watched the highlights of the U23s v Hertha, a good 3-1 win for the lads two goals for Allan and one for Fernandes.

    Newcastle United Under-23s: Dan Langley, Jamie Sterry, Lewis Cass, Ludwig Francillette, Oliver Walters, Jack Young, Mo Sangare, Tom Allan, Victor Fernández (Ryan Barrett 59), Rosaire Longelo (Oisín McEntee 84), Yannick Touré (Adam Wilson 46).

    Subs not used: Jake Turner, Lucas Gamblin, Elliot Anderson, Lucas De Bolle.

  • lesh

    Dec 12, 2019 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #4


    The NHS is in more than a bit of a mess and we, well most of us, know why and who’s responsible! Cost if technology my eye – years of neglect and underfunding’s responsible for its plight.

  • lesh

    Dec 12, 2019 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #5


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  • lesh

    Dec 12, 2019 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #6


    BBC Newsnight investigated the claim that the report about the four year old was false. It proved conclusively that it was true and the hospital confirmed that to be the case!

    They also investigated the tweet that sparked the story of the set up and it came from a woman who’d copied an old tweet and posted it with the support of a friend who’s a friend of Hancock!

    Who’s doing the lying? It’s obvious and it ain’t the child’s patents.

  • Jib

    Dec 12, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #7

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    4 about music
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    what a magnificent contributor to the blog you are !

  • AncientC

    Dec 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Well done to everybody that voted tactically (MOTM poll, honestly).

  • lesh

    Dec 12, 2019 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #9


    Thanks for that info. I really must up my output!

    And you’re the Blog’s official monitor now? It’s comforting to know you’ve nowt better to do!

  • Jib

    Dec 12, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #10

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  • lesh

    Dec 12, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #11


    You’d better be careful what you post or Jib’ll be in your case.

    Yes, the very same Jib who’s been forced to enjoy a few spells away from the Blog because of his foul language and offensive posts.

  • lesh

    Dec 12, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #12


    Anything to give your day some variation.


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