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‘We Are Very, Very Short’ – Bruce Identifies Area That Needs Addressing

Newcastle are one of a handful of Premier League clubs yet to make any first-team signings. Though a few of the others have significantly higher budgets with Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City, and Tottenham all yet to announce any signings.

Most of the clubs outside the aforementioned quartet have strengthened with some significant additions. Brentford and West Ham are the only other clubs outside the traditional top six yet to spend to make a signing close to or exceeding Steve Bruce’s £10m budget. The Bees could be adding Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer very soon.

Newcastle’s most realistic links at the moment are for domestic loans. We are engaged in talks for Arsenal’s Joe Willock and Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher. When asked about additions after yesterday’s friendly at York City, Steve Bruce admitted nothing was particularly close to getting done.

This is what Bruce’s response on the transfer market as published in The Chronicle:

“We’ve got one or two things bubbling away.

“Obviously with Joe, it’s in Arsenal’s court and we cannot dictate to Arsenal.

“We’ve got one or two others bubbling away. I know for a fact it’s going to be very, very slow in terms of the transfer market.

“I knew it was going to be with the European Championships and COVID affecting everybody.

“It’s difficult for everybody at the moment.

“So there’ll be a bit of work to be done, we’ve got one or two things bubbling but nothing really imminent.”

It’s difficult for Newcastle, that’s for certain. However, when you look at the current expenditures of Brighton (£18m), Crystal Palace (£21m), Leeds (£26m), and Leicester (£40m) it starts to get a little worrying as most clubs appear to have money to spend.

The success of this window largely lies with Joe Willock’s return. Adding Willock, another loanee, and a permanent signing for around £10m isn’t necessarily enough to ease tensions but it’ll be better than nothing.

Earlier today Arsenal announced the signing of Anderlecht’s Sambi Lokonga, finally getting him over the line. The 21-year-old will add some competition for Willock in Arsenal’s midfield.

As for Newcastle, Bruce has identified the midfield as a problem area. He feels he is very short there at the moment. Jonjo Shelvey is out injured with a calf problem while Elliot Anderson is nursing a sore hip. Both are in a race to be ready for the start of the season.

This is what Bruce said about his midfield yesterday:

“We’re very, very short in the middle of the park at the minute. Very, very short.

“It’s something we need to address.”

During yesterday’s friendly both Ryan Fraser and Matt Ritchie spent time in the middle of the pitch. Currently, Bruce only has Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Matty Longstaff, and Sean Longstaff fit and available. Miguel Almiron should soon be back in the fold after getting a period of rest.

It could be that Bruce funnels his funds to the midfield rather than a young center-back. There’s plenty of cover in defense at the moment with Kelland Watts impressing in yesterday’s friendly.

15 comments so far

  • Adamn_92

    Jul 19, 2021 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #1


    My only guess as to why PIF haven’t changed their structure in their part of the bid, is because they want Newcastle as part of PIF’s portfolio. Not just to basically own it but it’s in the name of one guy, they want to be able to add a premier league team to their portfolio. Probably to go with their 2030 vision. That’s just my view on it though as I can’t see any other reason why they wouldn’t restructure their role to get the deal done.

  • TheTinman

    Jul 19, 2021 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #2

    There’s very little to talk about. A lot of the posters who aren’t posting so much now will be more active in a few weeks I’m sure.

    If TheWife cared to divulge the site visitor stats when season is live to when it’s a break I’m sure there would be a clear contrast.

  • WLtoon

    Jul 19, 2021 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #3

    I think there are more ex posters than current posters now.
    Iv`e been posting around 4 years and have lost count of how many don`t bother posting anymore., for whatever reasons.
    If we are left with Ashley and co next season i think there will be a few more joining that forever growing list unfortunately.


    Jul 19, 2021 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #4

    Still confused how we are very very short in the middle when we have 4 fit CMs, 1 set to return shortly and 2 injured for a spot that takes 2

    Wait til Bruce realises what we have up top


    Jul 19, 2021 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Well no takeover this summer arbitration booted until 2022

  • Mag52

    Jul 19, 2021 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #6

    WL toon.

    I wonder if those who we haven’t heard of for some time are simply biding their time till the season gets under way and, the way things are looking right now, we end up with a team on which next to nothing has been spent and the loan players who might have made a difference, for one reason or another, didn’t materialise.
    These absentees will then feel free to come back with all guns blazing and have a right go at Bruce when the results don’t go our way.
    They may like to call themselves supporters, whereas the true supporters would be reserving their bile for the man behind the reason we are, once again, about to go into a season woefully underfunded, fielding a team outspent by the likes of Brentford and Brighton.
    That man goes by the name of Mike, King of the High Street, Ashley.

  • Not another deJong

    Jul 19, 2021 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #7

    “”We’re very, very short in the middle of the park””

    Is Fraser playing in there again?!!

  • geordietom

    Jul 21, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8

    😉 🙄 :D:

  • geordietom

    Jul 21, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    : D :

  • geordietom

    Jul 21, 2021 at 1:20 PM

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  • geordietom

    Jul 21, 2021 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    :D: 😉

  • geordietom

    Jul 21, 2021 at 6:14 PM

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  • geordietom

    Jul 22, 2021 at 2:36 AM

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  • geordietom

    Jul 23, 2021 at 10:16 AM

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