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Despite Bruce’s Assertions, This Player Has Been Mishandled At Newcastle



Allan Saint-Maximin was passed fit yesterday despite being touch and go after suffering a calf injury against Tottenham last week.

The Frenchman’s availability, along with Steve Bruce deploying a back five with Emil Krafth and Danny Rose filling in at center-back, meant the Valentino Lazaro was forced into another late cameo appearance at Brighton.

Lazaro has been handed only a total of 490 minutes of football across two competitions at Newcastle. That’s far from what he would have expected when he chose to come to Tyneside over a move to RB Leipzig in January.

After getting a couple of starts in February, they dried up after the lockdown with Bruce giving him just one start since the league returned in June. That was at Manchester City where the Austrian was hardly going to be able to show what he’s got.


Steve Bruce said the following about Valentino’s obvious disappointment at his lack of opportunities since coming on loan:

“I think he’s just getting used to playing in the Premier League, but now it’s finishing. I’m sure he’ll be disappointed with the amount of game time he’s had, but, look up until two or three games ago, the team were playing very, very well, and he couldn’t find his way into it.

“So it’s been difficult for the boy, but I still like him as a player and as a lad. He’ll look at the game time, and think he hasn’t had enough.”

The Chronicle is reporting that Valentino is having second thoughts about staying at Newcastle beyond our season finale on Sunday. Though talks will be held next week about his future.

This is what Lee Ryder writes in his report:

Valentino Lazaro is facing crunch talks with Newcastle United next week with the player having second thoughts about signing on a permanent basis.

Chronicle Live understands on-loan Inter Milan winger is unhappy and frustrated by the lack of game-time and may explore other options when the window opens at the end of the month.

Newcastle probably won’t trigger Lazaro’s £20m purchase clause but could try to sort some other arrangement for next season. However, we just don’t see Valentino wanting to stay after being inexplicably excluded for much of the run-in.

He’s had some thrilling moments off the bench of late including a magnificent goal against Bournemouth. It’s just a shame we haven’t been able to see more of the winger in what will likely be his only season at Newcastle.

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155 comments so far

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #1

    ASM was clearly injured last night – id guess if we were already ahead of last season’s points tally then ASM would have been rested.

    Lazaro wont stay, Bruce has hardly sold him on coming to a mid table team when he doesnt even get game time here. Back to Inter for the lad, which i think was what he wanted anyway.

    10
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Jib, from previous

    No mate that wouldn’t make Bruce a better manager, that isn’t what anyone is saying about Rafa either. We are just bemoaning the fact that Rafa was never given anything close to the £40m that was spent on Joelinton, for example, and that it would have made more sense to back Rafa with a decent budget than to send him packing and then give Bruce the big budget.

    21
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Munter,
    How has he equalled Rafa’s achievements, we’ll likely end up with less points and currently have minus 18 goal difference, we’ve scored less, shipped loads more and the GD is three times worse.

    29
  • Darnik

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Shame really, out of the loanee’s he is the only one I would want to keep

    7
  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    I’d say Maxi was about 30% last night and scandalous that he started

    8
  • hibbit

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Mund that much, shocking decision to start with him,

    2
  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #7

    hibbit

    And we still have posters arguing the point about Bruce!!!

    2
  • G

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Darnik, agreed mate.

    1
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Mund

    and Bruce complains that we have injuries and how unlucky we are.

    well playing ASM last night is exactly why we end up with lots of injuries, as has every club he has managed.

    18
  • G

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #10

    For the record, I would still drop Bruce like 3rd year French! He has done better than expected him too, but if we are to progress and improve I don’t think SB will be the man to do it. Harsh? Maybe, but fair I would say.

    11
  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #11

    I would honestly not keep any of the loanees

    10
  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #12

    GP

    Exactly mate and the evidence is there for all to see but nah let’s defend him here and there when in truth he could of put our star player out for a number of months.

    6
  • carltoon

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #13

    There’s no comparison, there’s only be Rafa in my eyes, as I accepted what he was trying to establish at the club and know he would have made us great. Bruce is only a stop gap. But all this he’s been lucky, and he’s made injuries worse, he’s did his best lest pray this takeover happens. We’ll still have posters not being happy.

    10
  • G

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Mund, Bentileb and Rose we can do without, but at least Lazarro has age on his side. His passing ability is great, his turn of pace isn’t bad. I would take the punt on him myself.

    12
  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Well said carltoon agree completely

    1
  • carltoon

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Honestly, he’s dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn’t.

    3
  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #17

    G

    I’ve just not seen enough but if it was with the Ashley regime of course I’d have him but new era? No chance

    0
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #18

    Everton give 18 year-old Jarrad Branthwaite his full debut in a dead rubber and he puts in a MOTM performance vs Sheffield Utd.

    Newcastle’s 20 year-old Kelland Watts is left to sit on the bench against Brighton while 5 first team centre backs are out injured and 2 full backs play CB.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #19

    what i’ve seen of Lazarro i’ve liked, and i would have started with him last night, the other 2 no thanks,

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  • toon22

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #20

    The last few games would have been perfect to get some of the youth players in the team
    No crowd, safe in the prem
    Pressures off

    But our current manager is a blithering idiot , hes not a clue how to manage a team

    22
  • wynsleap

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #21

    If this takeover goes through Bruce is dead meat.
    Bloke hasn’t got a clue.

    11
  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #22

    I thought Ferdy was a CB ?

    1
  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #23

    Bruce will never be accepted by the majority of knowledgeable fans as the answer to our managerial requirements to take the club forward. He’s achieved sod all, his tactics are haphazard and out dated and he managed the scum. We need and deserve better.

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  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #24

    Worst thing for me GP was the fact he played 3 at the back with the bare bones we have, not to mention playing 2 full backs at CB when we have a young lad sat there desperate to play.

    5
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #25

    If we don’t keep Bentaleb and Matty L goes too, we’ll need 2-3 new CMs. My guess is we’ll see Barlaser in thr squad next season too.

    0
  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Amanda and Co have a lot of sorting out for next season.

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Munter,
    How has he equalled Rafa’s achievements, we’ll likely end up with less points and currently have minus 18 goal difference, we’ve scored less, shipped loads more and the GD is three times worse.

    Er, the table at the end of the season doesnt lie Jail.

    Even if he did 5 points worse than Rafa, we expected far worse again.

    Thats why Im happy to show him gratitude – he kept us safe . MClaren had a far loftier reputation than Bruce , and now he was genuinely useless. Thats why I dont put them together.

    I’m feeling very vindicated for saying to lay off the man at the start of the seaosn and give him a chance to work.

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #28

    bettyswallocks
    I don’t think anyone disagrees with you
    It’s just the level of abuse he gets
    A modern phenomenon
    Did you see the message his son got on
    social media – that the sender hopes his dad gets
    Covid.
    It starts off calling him cabbage head and Mrs Doubtfire and just spirals out of control

    7
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Bruce: “up until two or three games ago, the team were playing very, very well”

    Drawing with west ham and villa, and getting demolished twice by city…

    Inreally do think that win against 10-man Sheff U and the 4-1 at Bournemouth are all he can remember since lockdown.

    Not sure whether it’s the rose tinted specs, him being a company man, or just a case of too many cabbages to the head.

    9
  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Munster

    I would put lofty and McLaren in the same sentence when talking about reputations.

    Mclaren was and will always be a complete joke

    3
  • Mund

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #31

    I wouldn’t *

    0
  • Kevin Vegan

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Dier’s extended his contract at spurs. There goes another player we’ve been linked with this summer. I wonder where the remaining 748 will end up

    1
  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Jib

    ” Bruce hasn’t had finished yet so you cannot say what his net spend will
    be.”

    Que?? English please.

    Carltoon

    10,000 people didn’t walk out on Rafa and people, bar Jib, hated Ashley just as much under Rafa as they did under bruce.

    11
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Prince, the reason is all these Arab avatars are a bit confusing mate keep getting mixed up.

    0
  • Northumbrian

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Kevin day, crystal palace man said just now on talk sport he thinks the takeover won’t happen as the Saudis have no way of watching the prem and if it did happen they would buy zaha as he’s not a top six side player anymore.

    0
  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #36

    KV

    tbh im happy Dier isnt coming anywhere near us.

    3
  • Anglo Saxon

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Northumbrian, bollocks jibs already got that sussed with his dodgy boxes.

    2
  • DaveD1000

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #38

    “…the takeover won’t happen as the Saudis have no way of watching the prem…” I find this argument totally bizarre

    10
  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #39

    This hasn’t been a successful season. What are they on about on here? Bizarro. A terrible season, probably finishing 13th. Same old bollocks under Ashley. No better than most of the other seasons with him. And Bruce is a pitiful manager. You should be back in the Champo Brucie and I don’t mean with us.

    9
  • geordietom

    Jul 21, 2020 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #40

    people going on about Maxi playing last night , i saw a tweet off him more or saying he was playing , so who’s choice was it to play him Bruce or himself ? …

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