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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

  • Romford mag

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #81

    Mund

    Give us a sub mate 😉

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #82

    magicmac54

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA2IRoPFIn0

    Once the turds gone its my song for the toon

    0
  • jane

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #83

    i remember why i stopped communicating with you. thought i would give it another try. should have known better!

    7
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #84

    Id guess Munds pretty skint

    LOL

    Bargain bin rubbish dont cost much

    2
  • coming home

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #85

    Froggy

    You know that’s not true its pure MISCHIEF

    5
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #86

    Jane

    Fair enough
    But google will get cranky if yer going to keep exploiting em

    Im sorry jane i dont mean it , just a bit of fun
    As ive siad loads before

    Yer stuck in this the same as we are

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #87

    LOKI

    0
  • Mund

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #88

    I think I’m owed some money here…

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #89

    Croaky

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #90

    Naa

    Proof of work shows otherwise mate

    0
  • Mund

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #91

    Mike Ashley
    @MoneyMikeAshley
    ·
    2s
    You can’t deny that Steve Bruce is a real Geordie now mind.

    He’s one of you.

    I feed him a plate of shit and he says thank you sir, may I have another.

    No self respect.

    #nufc

    2
  • Mund

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #92

    Let’s say I live in your fantasy world?

    You’ve earned me a fortune 🙂

    Owe you a few pints me thinks

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #93

    Mund

    Actually something i agree with

    How did yer big push for STs go then ?
    Id bet it was a very poor show lol

    0
  • magicmac54

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #94

    Toon22

    We all love Newcastle Ashley or No Ashley, and no doubt its the same for you mate, lets just hope we dont have to put up with him another 14 years, persish the thought 22

    1
  • magicmac54

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #95

    Mund

    It sounds like Bruce almighty has a very good healthy diet ( Not) 😀 😀

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #96

    magicmac54

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKvmlj2k_fM

    For the day he leaves

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #97

    Mund

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:39 PM
    Comment #92

    To claim so is obvioulsy otherwise
    You fell like your undervalued

    LOL

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #98

    Hehehehe

    Keep going

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #99

    magicmac54

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3EJqvKhYzY

    I play htis to relax
    Best tune ever 🙂

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #100

    Or maybe i dont

    0
  • magicmac54

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #101
  • Mund

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #102

    No Brucey bonus for me this year, ST sales are down 🙁

    After all that hard work…..for nothing

    3
  • Mund

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #103

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    ·
    13m
    First appearances in the first-team for Jack Young and Matt Bondswell this evening.

    Congrats, lads!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E7A7BhDWYAc9qhA?format=jpg&name=large

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E7A7FVCX0AE-VbJ?format=jpg&name=large

    2
  • magicmac54

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #104

    Toon22

    I like a wide range of music also 22 and i share your love for some classical music also mate.

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #105

    Mund

    I can fell yer pain
    Its like trying to sell a dead horse with the clown at the helm

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #106

    steve
    @oldheatonian
    ·
    1h
    “Dementors feed on human happiness and thus generate feelings of depression and despair in any person in close proximity to them.”

    Steve Bruce is an #nufc Dementor

    3
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #107

    magicmac54

    Honestly

    I love this tune , especially the 2nd movement
    Pure genius

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #108

    Mund

    Yep
    But you could say your doing the same thing

    Arnt you

    😉

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #109

    Is that rhetorical?

    0
  • magicmac54

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #110

    Toon22 One specially for you when Ashley finally leaves whenever that will be.

    https://youtu.be/cmpRLQZkTb8

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 23, 2021 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #111

    Who knows
    Maybe

    0
  • toon22

    Jul 24, 2021 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #113

    magicmac54

    Stopped Motzart to listen to it
    Was worth it

    🙂

    2
  • toon22

    Jul 24, 2021 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #114

    Mund

    Jul 24, 2021 at 12:00 AM
    Comment #112

    LOL
    Did he full on crap himself ?
    Or just touching cloth

    1
  • Mund

    Jul 24, 2021 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #115

    Newcastle United FC
    @NUFC
    “It’s the first time I’ve played in front of the Newcastle fans and it
    makes a big difference.”

    Ryan Fraser on this evening’s pre-season victory over Doncaster Rovers.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/NUFC/status/1418696521567162372

    3
  • Mund

    Jul 24, 2021 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #116

    Rumour has it, I got told 😉 someone left the fat on his bacon, he don’t like that 🙁

    2
  • magicmac54

    Jul 24, 2021 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #117

    Toon22 one we both love

    https://youtu.be/NhnMd1Jl7SA

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 24, 2021 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #118

    magicmac54

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd9rg9v25bo

    Part of Beethovens Emporer concerto
    We so need our own Napoleon

    1
  • toon22

    Jul 24, 2021 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #119

    Ill listen to it once this is finnished

    0
  • Romford mag

    Jul 24, 2021 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #120

    After a hard day , I like to relax to this

    https://youtu.be/IaJ2UHiTa0o

    So soothing

    0


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