With Chelsea signing free agent goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli on Wednesday, Newcastle are now the only Premier League club not to have made a first-team signing this window. There doesn’t appear to be any imminent breakthroughs in the pipeline just yet.
Steve Bruce has stressed patience when asked about this summer’s inactivity. He’s referenced the market being slow but that hasn’t deterred the majority of other clubs from getting their targets in.
We’re now just 18 days away from our season opener against West Ham. Without Joe Willick, this squad is diminished from the one that finished last season on a high. The limited transfer budget has left Bruce to primarily target loan signings which means he’s at the mercy of other managers.
At Rotherham on Tuesday, the fans voiced their discontent with the state of Newcastle on numerous occasions. While there’s a host of other issues at the club, the lack of new faces has only increased the tensions of the fanbase.
The Northern Echo has published the following from Bruce when asked about the supporters’ frustration with the lack of additions this summer:
“I’m sure they are and it’s very very difficult.
“I’m a football manager and the one thing we want is better players, always. That’s my job.
“The one thing a football fan of any clubs wants to see is one or two new faces in pre-season.
“I’ve always said from day one that we’re going to have to be patient. I think they understand we haven’t got a load of money to spend on them.
“So we’re just going to have to be patient. After all that’s said I think we’ll do our business late.
“We’ve got to wait for the wealthier clubs to see what they’re doing and see what they’re doing with their young ones and what they’re doing with their squads.
“I’ve been here before in this. I didn’t think I’d quite be in it at Newcastle but that’s the way we are.”
In each of our three pre-season friendlies, Bruce has had to field players out of position. That will likely be the case again on Friday at Burton Albion. Bruce’s hopes of signing three or four quality players is looking more and more suspect as time passes by.
A couple of new faces won’t resolve the long-standing issues at Newcastle. However, signing Joe Willock, Axel Tuanzebe, and another midfielder would at least help improve this squad ahead of this upcoming campaign.