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Bruce Hails Resiliency Of Returning Defender


During his press conference this morning, Steve Bruce was asked about the mental toughness that has been displayed by his squad this season. In his answer, he used Florian Lejeune as the ideal example of how determined his players are.

He touched upon the resilience Florian has shown to come back from two knee injuries in such a short span. This is what Steve had to say about the returning Frenchman:

“Flo, for example, who’s played his first game after what he’s gone through. The mental side for him to come back after a second cruciate in just months.

“He played on Saturday like he’s never been away. That little air of caution where he’s been knocking on my door for the last five weeks and disappointed that he hasn’t been playing.

“He came into the team on Saturday, and he looked terrific.”

We were so impressed with how Florian just slotted in against Crystal Palace as if he’d been playing all season long. It’s interesting that he’s been pushing Bruce for a start over the past few months.


Bruce has gone the sensible route with the 28-year-old. While Lejeune could well have been able to come back sooner, there was no reason to rush him with Ciaran Clark, then Paul Dummett playing so well on the left side of the back three.

A few weeks ago, Bruce revealed that he told Florian that he would bring him back when the time was right. Last Saturday was that time. With Jetro Willems out and Paul Dummet covering for him at wing-back, Bruce had little choice but to bring the Flo back into the team.

The fact that it was in the corresponding fixture from when he was injured in April was all the more fitting. With Dummett still an uncertainty for Thursday, we could see Lejeune again against Manchester United. Though we suspect that Bruce will make the decision that is best for Florian.


70 comments so far

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #1

    You have to say it quietly but at times he looks too good to be in our team. I reckon if he hadn’t had two horrible injuries he would have left a year ago.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Just regarding the rewriting history part – last season’s team was tangibly playing more fluid attacking football and looking like the team having been solidified at the back, started to take shape in midfield, long overdue of course no thanks to fat man ash. We had a glimpse of what could be with a loaned Rondon providing insight to how a tidy bit of midfield support could do for a half decent striker. Almiron was hitting the ground running, Perez was finally hiking his value up exponentially. Everything looked like improvement was on course, go back to this blog then and tell me it wasn’t 95% optimistic for next season.

    But then there’s Mike Ashley isn’t there? Lets Benitez go and raids a championship club for its coach because he’s a Geordie and would take a top job again few questions asked.

    Is Bruce a likeable chap. I don’t doubt it. Is he proud to be managing NUFC? I’m sure he is. Is he labouring under the odd transfer machinations of the owner as previous incumbents have done? Absolutely. Is it good that somehow we are fashioning wins despite this? Absolutely. Nobody could bear all this and relegation could they?

    Probably not his fault the football is dire. The team is relying exclusively on past lessons, discipline at the back, hard work, countering the perennial shortfall in midfield after it has been tinkered with in the summer. No doubt Bruce has walked into a right mess really. But his players have worked for him, the results, although hardly believable, are coming. Lots to be grateful for if you just want to stay in the league and not “do a Leeds”. Besides, how trite is it to actually hate someone you don’t really know and really hasn’t personally done you any wrong? No there’s no hatred of Bruce the man.

    But bringing in Bruce as a yes-man Coach, the dire football, the cobbled team, the lack of investment in the academy and the future, the disdain for being a competitive team, is this really all toon fans want? It looks like it’s what we are going to have to settle for. Is that looking at the negative or just being honestly realistic?

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Dec 23, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Realistic

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  • toon22

    Dec 23, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Dont worry

    JIB and his alts such as Posada are here to show us how everythings mint at the club

    Lets just ignore reality and our own eyes and swallow everything the PR has us believe

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  • toon22

    Dec 23, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #5

    One thing is certain

    Jabba intends to own our club for a very, very long time
    We need to help him see the error of his ways

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Big Bruce stars

    You do realise you make yourself look really stupid when you say things like “relying on past lessons” or he is just using Rafas tactics.

    If Rafa was that good, why is a journeyman manager getting better results using Rafas tactics? Why couldn’t a world class manager get our defence also scoring goals? Bruce has got more out of Miggy than Rafa did, 1 goal 1 assist, Rafa got nothing.
    Rafa had a much more better set of forwards, yet Bruce has scored more and concerned less.

    I’m perplexed at how any of this can be attributed to Rafa, if anything Bruce is actually showing you that the team was held back BECAUSE of Rafas tactics, keeping players back until the 80th minute, the same subs at the same times.
    Rafa bought a lot of crap then blamed everyone for not spending big. But he managed to blow 145 million in 3 seasons.

    How petty are you, so he managed Sunderland, I really don’t care, he was offered a job, he took it, he got sacked,

    To people like you, and there is a lot on here, you only look at Rafas trophys, but in reality he has left most of the clubs in turmoil, and his last 4 clubs, each one went backwards under him, Milan, Madrid, Napoli, Nufc, Dialan is going backwards to.

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  • toon22

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Hahahahaha

    Hiya Catchy

    Nee point in reading any of that lol

    It’s never Jabbas fault

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m pretty sure u are Jabba.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m really curious, investment in the academy,, like Chelsea, Man City, maybe Man U. Most premier clubs have an academy, but most clubs don’t produce talented players, most clubs just go and buy the players, then farm them out. So I’m not sure what good they are.

    Right now, NUFC have Carroll, 2 Longstaffs and Dummett who have came though our acedmey, that’s nothing to do with Rafa.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #10

    The moral of big Bruce stars storey above is, hire an expensive coach and have lots of drama and crap football and crap results, or hire a yes man and have slightly better football, miles better results and less hassle

    Hard choice that.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Keep digging that hole big bad Bruce.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Catchy I think you are by far the most suitable person to teach me about how to look really stupid. With you it’s less of a skill and more of a fine art. Your arguments are totally specious and stat – driven nonsense.

    We have won more games with Bruce than with Benitez same time last year? It’s not worth dignifying with an answer because you’ve got your fingers in your lugs staring down at a PWDLFA sheet.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Catchy are you curious about the wheelie bin ice baths?

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Catchy can you imagine if Bruce had us in the bottom 3, how awful Tarquin ( I’m so important, listen to me!!!!!! “. would be? I’m not sure we went backwards under Rafa but his bad stuff was swept under the carpet and not debated. That was always my issue, not that he was bad. That said a dull footballing manager like benitez was always a stupid choice by Madrid. I only know one Spanish Madrid fan and interviewed a Napoli fan. Both utterly hated him. I’m glad I started asking questions in his first season as they were pertinent, although not welcomed. The big hope now is that Bruce gets bucks. And Tarquin shuts up or starts supporting the monkey hangers so we don’t have to look at his red and white avatar and suffer his waffle.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #15

    MILES BETTER FOOTBALL? what’s this you’re trying to sell now catchy? You’re kidding, right?

    😀

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #16

    In Rafa we trust.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Catchy, 6m versus 1mill.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #18

    And just to be absolutely clear, I never hated Rafa, I honestly believe he is a kind man.

    I just think he is well past his best, and his brand of football went out a long time ago.

    But I will admit to hating Pardew, I cannot stant that man,

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  • toon22

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #19

    See the message they are trying to pass off as reality

    While asking people to ignore what they see with their own eyes ?

    Hiya Catchy

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Munster shut it with your nonsense and go refer to writing you understand, like the wash label in your crackers. I’ll ignore your trip if you stop inanely commenting on me. I’m getting backache stooping to your level.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki do you think rafa wud have a St max near the team?

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #22

    Tripe.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Thanks to Bruce we are 9th.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #24

    Why wouldn’t he Munster? I know he wouldn’t have shoehorned joelinton in week after week.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Thanks to you welshie the average iq in the valleys has dropped 20 points.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Not even the Spanish waiter could do that.

    Ha ha ha

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Munster.

    Some deluded nutters on here.

    Happily your not one of them

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #28

    I think that in my mind Rafa is a much better manager than SB there’s no doubt about that however it is very difficult to argue with the points made by catchy and Munster.

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #29

    Tsunki no he was shoe horning Joselu into the team every week haha,

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #30

    The past rejigged and refashioned while-u-wait. Cap’n catchy on a roll while the fun lasts. Let’s see how long.

    I reckon if they’re not careful this could turn out exactly as badly for the same protagonists as it did after the takeover debacle. You know, the ones who ridiculed and barracked “the doubters”? They kept complaining they were being “abused” and we were just troublemakers and “neggers” then. How did that go?

    😀

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Nufc-83 and given the choice between the two I reckon he still would ha ha ha

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  • Reilly

    Dec 23, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #32

    Bruce has the team set up the same way as Rafa did.So how can you slate Rafa but praise Bruce,the football is the same.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #33

    You might find it difficult nufc-83. To me it’s pointless. Like explaining to a seagull why it should come back with your sandwich.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 23, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Nope, and in reality it’s just a hard core of nutters who refused the rafa debate. Jails gone it seems. He was another put upon fan, so used to pardew and Co that rafa cud do no wrong. I remember when we played villa in the relegation season when rafa came. And the sky commentator is howling “newcastle need a goal. They have a corner. They have barely two players in the box. What is rafa doing???”. Not on here though. Instead you have Tarquin lecturing us on club influences at a societal level 🙂 lmao

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 23, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #35

    Thing with Rafa was consistency. We gave 100% every week and looked extremely difficult to break down however it was shocking to watch at times. Bruce gives less consistency and it’s hard to understand what is coming week in week out. For example I don’t see Rafa losing against that villa side like we did.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Reilly because the argument has no merit but serves to deflect from the real points being made. Can’t argue against the logic? Start ridiculing and talking the same incorrect tripe over and over again is their method.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 23, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #37

    Reilly, ór you can praise rafa and slate Bruce. At least in recent months we have debated Rafa. Took long enough. Re Bruce I wasn’t pleased either and I am not his champion. I asked that he be given a chance, as fairness decrees. That’s all. He is doing fine.

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  • Reilly

    Dec 23, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Rafa was doing fine also Munster.

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 23, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Bruce is trying to play a more expansive style but struggling to find that balance at the moment. Rafa was just dead set on defending and sitting back in every game.

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 23, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #40

    Munster I wouldn’t blame jail if he was sick of the utter clumps on here arguing about an alternate universe of football and decided there was better stuff to do than wrangle with Neanderthals. The only thing keeping me here these days is the fact you’d like me to do the same.

    😀

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