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Bruce Slightly Alters Stock Response To January Window After Everton

On the back of two defeats heading into the January window, you knew Steve Bruce would get asked about transfers. While he’s still cautious about heightening expectations of incomings, he is altering his stock responses slightly.

Gone are the days of ‘I haven’t seen everybody yet’ thankfully. The season is already beyond the midway point, so he should know what he has and what is needed.

The Chronicle have published Bruce’s latest update on the transfer window. He does admit to having a few irons in the fire but again says he’ll only bring someone in to improve the squad.

This is some of what the head coach had to say:

“I haven’t got a full squad because unfortunately, we’ve got injuries. But I hope we can get those back, I think that’s going to be key for us.

“There’s a few plates spinning. That’s about it at the minute, but we’ll see if we can do anything.

“I keep saying it, if there’s someone out there who can make us better, we’ll look to do something.

“But I’m sure that’s the same for most clubs. That’s why January is difficult.”

While it is still an excuse, Bruce can point to injuries as having impacted us of late. The loss of Allan Saint-Maximin has been immense. We’ve also suffered from lack of depth because of the rash of injuries to our defenders.

The repercussions of which unfolded like a Shakespearean tragedy for Florian Lejeune yesterday. His game weary body was unable to overcome three games in seven days in front of 52,000 sympathetic watchers.

We also understand that January is a difficult month, but it is there for a reason, and many clubs take advantage of it. It is also understood that if you bring in someone, it will improve the team, or at least provide cover for a position of need.

Our hope is we bring in at least a couple, even if they are loans. We’ll also have to move someone along for each player added. This is something Bruce also touched on:

“That’s one of the difficulties too. We’d obviously have to make way for somebody if we were bringing somebody in.

“I might have to let two or three go if we’re going to make changes, otherwise I can’t fit anybody into the squad.”

It looks like Ki is pushing for a move and we wouldn’t be surprised if Yoshinori Muto is either. Neither have featured much under Bruce and if we can sell them and bring in two players who would be more involved, that would be a decent window.

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  • Isaac Hayden (2%, 33 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (2%, 25 )
  • Federico Fernandez (1%, 20 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 16 )
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27 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Few more plates of Bullshite spinning more like.Everything is rosy now we have a full stadium of empty promises again…Ooohh look Mikey boy is turning the corner.
    Be gone with you Daft lads if ya ever think hes gonna do right by the club,By the fans or the city.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    ‘..lack of depth..exactly Neil.
    Injuries,everyone gets em.
    But it’s lack of depth, quality..
    That’s what does for teams’ survival efforts as winter and fatigue takes its toll.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #3

    “Unlike Ancelotti’s No 2, Carroll is a far-from retired throwback centre-forward and, by way of proving it, almost singlehandedly dragged Newcastle back into things, disrupting the growing visiting dominance while setting teammates a toweringly defiant example. Whereas previously it had been all about Theo Walcott’s menacing advances and Kean’s excellent movement, suddenly Carroll was here, there and everywhere, making vital interceptions at both ends and raising Joelinton’s game to new heights along the way.” (Louise Taylor)

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Bruce does need to change those stock comments..
    Into doing what he should be doing as manager,alongside getting the best out of what he has. Pushing for what is needed.
    Investment and recruitment.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Good luck with getting that out if Ashley.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #6


  • posada

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Can we get anyone in without getting some out.
    We have a squad of 25 is it for P/L.
    Plus Colback, Saviet.
    Then Murphy and Lazaar.

    Think he will want rid of Ki, Gayle and Muto.

    You might see Colback come into the P/L squad for the second half of season.

  • jazzyp

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    An optimist way of looking what should happen with a club that has an ambitious owner.Sounds like ya talking about Leicester Edd

  • posada

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    My take on large parts of the game.
    I’ve not looked at replays, heat maps or pundits etc.
    Just on watching the game live.

    We needed three CBs plus 2 wing backs to deal with their front 3.
    That means we are out numbered 7 to 5 in other areas of the pitch.

    Due to the limited options available to him I don’t think Bruce is able to change it in the short term.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #10

    I haven’t a bloody clue what would take presidency????
    See Wolves manager kicking off about playing two games in less than 48 hours having had a tough game against City got to go to Liverpool who have had a extra day.
    Wonder if Leicester will get fined for playing their reserves yesterday 9 changes ??

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #11


    Not sure Bruce’s hands are particularly tied. Bruce’s quote at the start of the season was ”I’ve never had so much money”. Give him another 60m and he’d still play hoof ball and key people out of position. To the people who say we haven’t got the personnel to play pass and move football, then look no further than Sheffield utd. No 40M strikers there but they get the ball down and play. If you can’t pass the ball wtf are you doing in the PL on 30/40/50k+ a week.

    I get neck ache watching NUFC under Bruce, no triangles,no 1-2’s, all just whack it up there and hope. It’s as bad as if not worse than Pardew, as is Bruce’s wont to blame everyone but himself. Apparently the crowd are to blame for yesterday now. Sound familiar!

    Bruce may be trying his best but as Villa, S’land and other clubs fans will testify Bruce is a long ball dinosaur, end of. Sadly Bruce’s best is not good enough. A silk purse can not be made out of him. Fine when we somehow scrape the odd win but like Pardew and McLaren he iusually always found out.

  • toon22

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #12


    Funny how you defend this year
    What you would have slated last

    Are you even the same poster ?

  • lesh

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #13

    I may be wrong but the only reason there’s a perceived need to move players out before bringing players in, is financial.

    Surely players deemed unsuitable can be deregistered from the first team squad and replaced with incomers. If the deregistered players aren’t moved out, then their continued presence is a cost over and above the cost of incomes’ wages and fees etc.

    Keeping the finances right is Ashley’s way.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #14

    Tricky,testing period now,as everybody knows.
    Bruce is what he is.
    Throughout,let’s remember who the culprit is..who repeatedly refused to do the right thing and appointed him.

  • lesh

    Dec 29, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #15



    Hark back to the Keegan days when a lot of players training consisted of keepy up and triangles.

    Recent performances suggest that training and coaching in technique as well as tactics doesn’t seem very effective. Maybe the Head Coach and his staff just aren’t up to their jobs?

  • toon22

    Dec 29, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #16

    When has the traitor even shown himself to be a good coach ?
    Or a successful manager

    He has been a serial failure at every club he’s managed
    He’s won nowt
    A relegation specialist

  • toon22

    Dec 29, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #17

    He is here due to Jabba not being able to get anyone else to manage us
    He’s here as he is willing to go along with the transfer circus Jabba loves
    He’s here as a yes man to cover Jabba asset stripping the club

    He is here as nobody else would do it

  • c-dog

    Dec 29, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #18

    We’re better defensively without schar

  • c-dog

    Dec 29, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Clark will be brought straight back in when appropriate

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 29, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s irrelevant whether Carroll when down or not, he was definitely pushed, taking away any possibility of him getting a scoring chance, still a penalty!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 29, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #21


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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 29, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Rotunda at least you are honest enough to have a fair discussion. I didn’t ask for Bruce. I asked that he be given a chance because as he was in situ, and didn’t deserve opprobrium because he wasn’t rafa benitez. He’s doing much the same as rafa did, particularly as he has none of the intelligence of rondon or perez to play with. I wud have preferred rafa to stay and said so many times but I think his talents were exaggerated and his football was nothing to write home about. My point about rafa was that his faults were not up for discussion on here. That never made sense to me. Just because rafa thought Ashley was a pillock doesn’t mean he can’t be discussed negatively if appropriate

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 29, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #23

    Moyes to West Ham, he saved them before, can he do it again? I’m guessing until end of season then who knows…. Maybe Senor B?

  • posada

    Dec 29, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #24

    One thing is clear.
    If you don’t go down you get nowt.
    Certainly not from the knacker in charge of yesterdays game.

    It’s not diving by the way.

    If there is contact go down. You have to force the ref to make a decision.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 29, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #25

    But regardless of who he once played for you have to admit that Pickford had a good game, unfortunately!

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Dec 29, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Munster is indeed rejuvenating his stance to make sure he doesn’t look completely our of kilter with reality as the weeks progress. Many were saying Bruce had accepted the remit of Ashley’s tight transfer policy, Munster was crowing about the millions spent on ASM and Joelinton as if that proved he had support. Munster to this day blames benitez for all our woes, but obviously not our defensive strength (the thing that has kept us in games so far) yet it’s half way through a Bruce season for crying out loud. His tactics aren’t bad, it’s just his hands are tied? Fair and balanced? Wow I bet you wish you’d never coined that.

    Honestly Munster just give up.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 29, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #27

    My position is far more nuanced intelligent and balanced than yours ever was tsunki. There are no alterations in my stance. I’m tired of summing them up for you but I have great patience for the less intelligent (albeit most arrogant) members of the forum.
    My general position in no order as such:
    – rafa’s negatives were not up for discussion. This is bizarre.
    -Ashley should still have kept him but apart from Ashley being stupid and tight obviously, they two men didn’t get on and a pot of yen was pulling benitez too.
    – I didn’t ask for Bruce
    -his football approach is broadly similar to benitez.
    – once in situ, he deserved time, as any manager does.

    Feel free to discuss these points Tsunki, perhaps without any racial stereotyping etc


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