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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