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Bruce Gives Frustrating But Unsurprising Transfer Assessment After Doncaster Victory



Newcastle have completed their second friendly of the pre-season. The lads faired much better than last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at York City, where they spent much of the match in a lower gear.

Goals from Ryan Fraser, Sean Longstaff, and Callum Wilson thwarted a couple of comebacks from Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. The match ended 3-2 in front of 3,000 traveling fans.

After the match, like last Sunday, Bruce was asked about incomings. The news is as dire as it was then with nothing imminent in the pipeline. BBC Newcastle’s Matthew Raisbeck, who does the radio commentary for NUFC, tweeted the following response from Bruce.

Bruce references the loan market and waiting on the big clubs. We know Joe Willock is Newcastle’s top target but Bruce could be referencing either Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher or Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe, two reported loan targets.

As for Willock, this one could go down to the wire. Bruce hinted he has received little indication from Arsenal as to their plans on the midfielder. The Northern Echo has published the following from Bruce the situation with Willock:

“With Arsenal, what are they going to do? They’ve brought in two midfield players. That’s our starting point, with Joe, because let’s be fair, he had an unbelievable three or four months with us. But there has to be a time where we know – is it going to be yes or no?

“We’re only allowed two domestic loans, and we’re only allowed one from each club. So, there has to come a time when there’s a cut-off, and we have to find out what’s happening. We’re still trying our utmost, whether it’s on loan or to buy him. We’re still trying.”

Bruce also added that the midfield is the priority as his squad is weaker than last season without Willock on board. He again referenced the low budget which seems to indicate there is little chance of Midtjylland’s Jens Cajuste being a serious target at between £12-13m.

“Midfield is the main area. We’re weaker than we were last year because we haven’t got Joe Willock.

“We need to keep improving but it’s very difficult with limited funds, but I’ll keep bashing away to try to improve us, little by little.”

Bruce also gave an update on the Magpies who were missing for tonight’s match. There were 13 players unavailable forcing Bruce to hand game time to some of the U23s. Here is some of what Bruce said about some of the missing Magpies.

“Matt Ritchie was a little bit sore after training yesterday so we weren’t going to risk that. We hope Manquillo and Joelinton will train on Monday. We’ve got Schär and Krafth back from internationals.

Bruce will get a slight boost with Fabian Schar and Emil Krafth back to start their preparations for the season. It seems like Ritchie, Manquillo, and Joelinton will be available for Rotherham on Tuesday.

We’ll have to see if enough time has passed for the self-isolating Karl Darlow, Freddie Woodman, and Mark Gillespie to make the trip to face Dan Barleser and The Millers.

That leaves Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey, and Elliot Anderson out with injuries. Miguel Almiron is still apparently resting after international duty. As for the 18-year-old Anderson, Bruce revealed he still struggling with his hip problem.

Finally, Bruce has basically confirmed that Yoshinori Muto is not in his plans. While he missed tonight’s match through a non-Covid related illness, Bruce revealed he is looking at other options for the 29-year-old.

Raisbeck tweeted the following about Muto which begs the question of whether another forward is on the radar.


192 comments so far

  • magscar

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #41

    Toon22

    Glad I could make you drop your loop for at least one post

    Keep it up

    Oh and sorry I’m back bet you thought that was one PR down 🙂

    5
  • magscar

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #42

    I’m off

    2
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #43

    Why are people complaining about energy bills and who the hell pays 230 per mnth. Omne do you live in a mansion or something. You pay for what you use so make sure youre not using much electric and gas. If cold wear warm clothing and under a blanket instead of heating house every day. Heat your water for like 20 mins per day instead of 1 hour depending what boiler u have. Switch off lights and everything when not in use. Less u use Less u pay. Dont do direct debit as energy bills should be low in summer and high in winter but direct debit u pay same.

    0
  • Romford mag

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #44

    Mags

    Goodnight and take care mate 🙂

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #45

    Magscar

    They never left
    Arnt going too until he is forceably removed from the club

    How did that last big push for STs go ?

    LOL

    1
  • magicmac54

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #46

    Cleveleysbob

    Yes i have air con Bob buts its still really hot, not to complain with the weather we get most of the year, and i know the weather is not great in the north east either most of the year, your gin mixture sounds brill, licking my lips here 😀 😀 Good to hear your all well Bob, happy days. HWTL

    1
  • coming home

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #47

    Bring back Regan

    24
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #48

    As for being back

    Did you actualy leave ??

    6
  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #49

    Carltoon, thanks for reminding me, brought a smile to my face again, you’re a blessing. 🙂

    1
  • magicmac54

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #50

    Magscar Nite Nite mate

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  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #51

    Look back at the posts here from yesterday
    Tell me how the turds PR goons arnt posting here anymore

    You see its a nice cheap way to get the message across aint it
    They have someone else actually paying for this

    Hiya

    1
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #52

    Has any1 checked on club web how many season ticket are available/unsold

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #53

    Mund

    You still about ?
    Care to explain why we all should just ignore everything and be happy at the clubs demise ??

    5
  • coming home

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #54

    Aces

    There’s definitely at least 1 from the frog

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #55

    Aces

    Some one posted tonight how they could have gotten 75 % off platinum

    Sale ends soon apparently

    3
  • carltoon

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #56

    Bob, well at least i make some one smile, but just to let you know, a slice of orange in a bucket glass of gin, doesn’t make it one of your five a day.

    3
  • Romford mag

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #57

    What about 5 slices 🙂

    4
  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #58

    I’m off now, early start as always on Saturdays, night Magscar and everyone else still out there. Enjoy the music, Friday night was always for dancing, here’s one that always filled the floor at the Chelsea Cat, many moons ago.

    https://youtu.be/ARt9HV9T0w8

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #59

    I bet people cant wait to get to see the utter shambles
    While youve no real reason to believe youll actualy see all the games due to covid

    Never mind the Bruceball on offer

    1
  • Romford mag

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #60

    Bob

    Goodnight mate take care 🙂

    0
  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #61

    Bugger! 😉

    1
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #62

    Toon22 maybe they mistook it for a sports direct sale offer.

    0
  • carltoon

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #63

    Rom, ha ha ha,

    1
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #64

    Free mug and bag for life

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #65

    Not you Rom 🙂 the orange slices 😉

    2
  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #66

    Hopefully by next Friday we get cat update. 1 more week

    1
  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #67

    Always knew the true Magscar would come out eventually…. Acts all proper and well mannered, but I saw through that…

    *Just to clarify, tongue firmly in cheek

    6
  • magicmac54

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #68
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #69

    “we’re going to have to let the big, big clubs go to work”

    If i could wish for 1 thing, other than the turd being gone, is for him to stop belittling our club

    Its like a tourets tick for him, he just cant help it can he

    6
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #70

    He seems to delight in saying just how bad we are

    3
  • jane

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #71

    toon22 are you looking forward to the full moon tomorrow?

    2
  • magicmac54

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #72

    Nite Nite Bob

    0
  • coming home

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #73

    Froggy

    Now I agree with that

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #74

    Jane

    Did you google that ?
    Careful
    The turd wont be happy at having to pay a commission to them will he

    2
  • carltoon

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #75

    Goodnight Bob,

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #76

    He has said so many times how he supports the club
    I dont see, hear or have read a single thing that supports this claim other than he was born north of the toon

    He just cant help himself can he

    2
  • jane

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #77

    toon22 Mund is misguided about the takeover but he’s ok.

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #78

    Id guess thats the reason for the big push for STs yesterday
    The turd needs a captive audience

    As one it inevitably goes west the crowd will vote with their feet
    The tourists who are thier for free wont want to be in amoung the turmoil even if they are actually thier to see the other team

    Hes seems to be right up the creek this time

    2
  • magicmac54

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #79
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #80

    Jane

    Munds being paid to post here
    Same as you

    Nowt muched changed has it

    5


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