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Bruce Unlikely To Recall In-Form Defender From Loan This Month



Yesterday, Steve Bruce revealed that strengthening the attack was not a priority during this transfer window. He was asked about links with Bournemouth’s Josh King when he said he said he felt Newcastle were ‘okay in that area’.

While Newcastle have been linked with a few forwards, the majority of our reported targets seem to be at the back of the pitch. Though it now seems increasingly likely that a couple of them, Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori and Man United’s Brandon Williams, will not be allowed to leave this month.

Over the summer, Newcastle were in talks with Arsenal over a year-long loan for defender Rob Holding. In fact, some reported that the deal was practically all tied up. However, Mikel Arteta pulled the plug and kept Holding at the Emirates.

That decision has turned out well for the 25-year-old as he’s already matched last season’s total of 18 appearances. However, this time he’s a regular who starts the majority of Arsenal’s matches.

Newcastle were unable to find another recruit after Holding’s deal fell apart. We’ve struggled at times keeping our backline intact with so many injuries and also the Covid outbreak impacting a lot of our defenders.


With all this in mind, Steve Bruce was asked yesterday about Florian Lejeune, who is playing very well on loan with Alaves. This is what Bruce said about a possible recall for the Frenchman as published in The Chronicle:

“The purpose of it was to go and play. He’s playing week in, week out so I’m led to believe.

“Of course, we’re kept updated on him. It would be nice for Shola, our loans manager, to go and see him but with the problems…the feedback is he’s doing OK.

“He’s fit and he’s healthy, which is the most important thing, so I think it’s important that the kid still plays games.”

Lejeune has impressed in Spain so far. He is a key member of the Alaves squad already making 16 starts this year. He’s closing in on surpassing the 22 total appearances he’s had the previous two injury-riddled seasons on Tyneside.

The important thing, as Bruce states, is that Florian continues to play after two serious knee injuries ruled him out for much of the last two years. He also seems well suited to the Spanish game and has vast experience in La Liga with his time at Eibar.

So it may be best to not interrupt Lejeune’s loan spell by bringing him back to Newcastle this month. He’ll have one year remaining on his contract this summer and his future can be sorted out after what will hopefully be a full season of football with Alaves.

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100 comments so far

  • The Rev.Jim

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    ” He’s playing week in, week out so I’m led to believe.”

    Shows what a clown the bruce is.
    He doesn’t like Lejeune “the kid” for some reason

    Maybe it’s because he spoke the truth about the clown

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    The Rev Jim,
    Great minds drink alike 😀

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Instead of begging Phelan to let him have some Man Utd reserve we should go get our best defender back.

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  • TheTinman

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #4

    “He’s playing week in, week out so I’m led to believe.”

    Remarkable how open he is about his own incompetence. You mean to tell me this asshat doesn’t have enough time to watch any of our loan players tape, never mind one which is on the fringes of our first team.

    If he isn’t watching our loan players tape then does he even bother watching that of the opposition? Master tactician this nonce.

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  • Northumbrian

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Bloody going to be a rough ffl for me this week, half my players ain’t playing anyone.

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  • The Rev.Jim

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #6

    The bruce wants to bring Jones in on loan.Why.
    Eat humble pie you clown and bring Lejeune back.
    In my opinion he’s head and shoulders better than corporal jones and doesn’t panic as much as him.

    Jail. I see where I’m going wrong now,as I don’t drink alcohol.Makes note must try beer ;’)

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #7

    The Rev. He doesn’t like Lejuene because he can play football, unlike Bruce’s preferred hoof it up the park tictac – Scares Bruce when he sees defenders play out from the back, same reason why our goalies just welly it down field whenever in possession, no idea, no plan, no future – hopefully

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #8

    Tinman. I dont even think he does any scouting. He just rings the big six and takes whats going. I think laziness is just a big of a problem as stupidity with Bruce.

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  • TheTinman

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Neil, I agree with your team however Joelinton will start ahead of Fraser, no doubt about it.

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  • TheTinman

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Does anybody know how long they actually train for? And is this fat cabbage heed idiot present at all training sessions? Surely must be time in the day for some analysis, or is this too forward thinking for this fking dinosaur

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Has Bruce shrank? He looks really small in that photo. Its not the first time Ive seen him dwarfed by players who themselves aren’t giants.

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  • Just a fan

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d stick with darlow at the moment.
    I think Dubrovnik has made more howlers than darlowe not that I don’t rate him just someone said darlowe makes more mistakes which I find not true.

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  • The Rev.Jim

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Apart from bowiss and the clown,is there anybody else who gets well paid for being so incompetent oh and handCock.

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  • The Rev.Jim

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Just a fan or is it jib 🙂

    you don’t think Darlow makes mistakes.He’s been very lucky,a lot of his parries have gone to our defenders to clear,he flaps more than flipper the dolphin.
    He’s not great on crosses.He has done better than expected,but I think that’s because of the shooty in.
    Dubravka is head and shoulders better in my opinion.Where would we have been without him last season.

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  • Mund

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #15

    A bit of our Captain to cheer us up in the morning

    Captain AmeriMag
    @CaptainAmeriMag
    Tuesday Morning Reasons to be Cheerful Grinning face with smiling eyes

    •We have a
    @nickdemarco_
    arbitration case lined up that we can’t lose

    •Qatar, BeiN Sports and now FIFA will be lobbying for the takeover to pass

    •By 8pm tonight we will be 11 points clear of relegation

    Enjoy match day!!

    #NUFC

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  • Mund

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Really tough with the Darlow Dubravka conundrum as both are worthy number ones IMO

    When Dubs got injured I was worried as I’ve always saw a mistake in Darlow even tho Dubs came off the back of a season with more mistakes than his usual self. Since Darlow has been in the sticks he has filled me with the confidence I didn’t previous have for him and now think the lad should be England’s no1.

    You can’t shift Darlow at the minute IMO even tho I prefer Dubs

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Sad to hear Brucie did not know much about Lejeune. He really should know about all the players even loanees.
    Top manager would have his finger on the pulse about all players.

    not impressed at all.

    Brucie…………………………………….OOT

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  • The Rev.Jim

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Mister Tuff Spot on.
    The thing with the bruce is he’s huffy,and thinks he’s always right and never his fault.
    Lejeune had a dig at him when he made him play 3 games in a week,straight after being out for so long.
    The clown took the huff and loaned him out.
    He said when he came previous manager had too many CB’s,yet he’s trying to bring more in.
    The bloke’s a gobshite

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  • The Rev.Jim

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Right I’m off. Leave you with this pearl of wisdom

    “Reverend” Jim Ignatowski: [on boxing] The ability to witness two men stand toe to toe in the spirit of sportsmanship and pummel each other into insensibility is what separates us from the animals. 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 12, 2021 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #20

    Thats a decent looking line up by Ed. I think we are slowly improving and can show it against Sheff Utd, if Bruce encourages them to go after them and not play Hendrick on the right etc.

    Mund thanks for the Amerimag comment, much needed! Covid gone absolutely rampant over here now since the Christmas socialising and shopping . Meanwhile Im still hearing conspiracy theories ( other social media, not here) from the loons. Dear oh dear

    Havent been on much last few days. Were there more bans?

    2
  • hibbit

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #21

    lot of very leading questions there munster,
    it’s probably better if you read back and make your own mind up on the current situation on the blog,

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  • Just a fan

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Rev jim lease don’t start that jib rubbish with no proof or your just another sheep in the herd.
    You have your opinion on goalkeepers I have mine let’s leave it at that.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Bruce showing his incompetence again and also referring to anyone younger than him as a kid, christ. Happy for Lejeune that he’s doing so well in Spain, looked our best defender on his day, wasn’t really given a fair chance to prove himself after coming back from injury. I’m sure given a run in the team he’d be a regular starter for us right now. Darlow should be starting every game unless he gets injured, is fatigued or hits a bad run of form. I love Dubravka and think he’s the better keeper, but Darlow is playing like a man possessed right now and shouldn’t even be in question of losing his spot.

    Really hoping we get the win tonight as it’s vitally important, i’m never going to be happy with phrases such as “x points clear of the bottom 3” though. I won’t get sold by the mediocrity the current state of the club pushes onto us fans, getting us to believe surviving is an achievement, we deserve better than to aim for and be happy about avoiding the drop every season.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Yeah Munster not good sadly.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/ireland-s-covid-19-surge-makes-international-headlines-1.4455692

    Tinman,

    I don’t know why someone who’s got the ”dream job” isn’t giving it absolutely everything. I would be there every day in the office and training ground from 7.30 am till 10pm, living, breathing everything nufc.

    I’d have a rota of different daily training programmes with Coerver coaching and futebol de salao, as well as specialized fitness routines and introduce yoga, tai chi etc and sports science. Tbf the conditioning aspect was the one thing Allardyce was any good at.

    I’d be setting up links with the community and youth clubs and just generally throwing myself into all kinds of initiatives. Poch for example has players training twice a day, not giving them 3 days off. To be lazy is criminal when you’re given this once in a lifetime opportunity. I can’t escape the impression that Bruce just lives off his playing reputation, picks up hs cheques and does the absolutely bare minimum.

    6
  • TheTinman

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #25

    Rotonda, when can you start :). But yes, that’s exactly my point! He is clearly a lazy git

    5
  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Just a Fan

    You’re right to take the Rev Jim to task for inferring you may be Jib. Of course you’re not.

    Why not? Because unlike Jib and his other alts, you can construct a sentence with your own, original thoughts and without the need to trawl Google for snippets to paste.

    Please take that as a compliment.

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  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #27

    Rotonda heights

    I seem to remember that not so long ago, we had a manager who lived and breathed NUFC, 24-7.

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  • Mund

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #28

    Munster

    No idea about bans but rumours where running rife on the blog that there was some issued.

    But as always I think it’s the mad theories of some posters who drive that forward when in fact there was no bans at all

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  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #29

    That comment of Brucie who thinks Lejeune’s getting game time was shocking.

    He has no reason to be uncertain of what’s going on with loaned out players and if he’s not demanding to know, there must be questions about what he and Shola are doing.

    3
  • toon22

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #30

    Hiya JIB

    ?

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  • lesh

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #31

    Adamn_92

    Referring to our brief chat about your Covid jab, I must say I was surprised to hear that front-end NHS staff would be included in delaying the second vaccination.

    Maybe I’m old fashioned but I would have thought the absolute priority should be to ensure the medics are as fully protected as possible.

    3
  • magicmac54

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #32

    Adamn 92

    Good post there Adamn, and ill have to say i totally agree with all the valid points in your post young man. Under normal circumstance`s and the players we have at our disposal i would be fairly confident of getting a positive result tonight against sheff utd, but in all honesty iam not confident of winning tonight under Bruce, that guy is totally way out of his depth, when i watch his press conference`s its very clear to see he is not self assured, does not inspire any degree of confidence, and in my opinion he is winging it, and making it up as he goes along, in my view we would be better with no manager at all than this chancer.

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  • Just a fan

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #34

    Compliments of lesh.
    I may need a lie down.
    Smiley face.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #35

    We have a
    @nickdemarco_
    arbitration case lined up that we can’t lose

    •Qatar, BeiN Sports and now FIFA will be lobbying for the takeover to pass

    •By 8pm tonight we will be 11 points clear of relegation

    Enjoy match day!!

    #NUFC
    So has any of that actually been said by anyone of note or is it supposition like the eleven points clear of relegation by 8pm tonight?

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #36

    Munster,
    We haven’t won for seven games so how are we slowly improving?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #37

    Munster,
    In fact having not won for seven games and only scoring in three of them, there is a strong case to say we are rapidly getting worse.

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  • Mund

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #38

    Join the dots Jail 😉 but on a serious note major obstacles have been removed now

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  • magicmac54

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #39

    Jail for Ashley

    Good morning Jail, do you go for your medical check up today fella?

    1
  • Ashingtoon62

    Jan 12, 2021 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #40

    FF is a cruel mistress indeed.This time last week a -4 hit would have me fielding eleven players for this GW.Now a -8 is required to field 8 players grrrrr!!!

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