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Newcastle Are Now The Only EPL Club With No First-Team Signings

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.

83 comments so far

  • Romford mag

    Jul 29, 2021 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    What a surprise !!

  • Romford mag

    Jul 29, 2021 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Players better lock up their wife’s then 😉

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    It would be reassuring to know that £65 for a polyester top was going towards a transfer or two 🙄

  • onmeedsun

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Never met the guy but I don’t think Terry is a good person, and he’s thick to boot. Good player yes, and played in a good team under good managers, but that doesn’t qualify him for anything. Just another Rooney. I’d rather have Lampard who is intelligent.

  • onmeedsun

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m not sure how the royalties work on shirt sales but I’m fairly sure the club receives a reasonable cut of the profits. The better our finances the greater the chances he sells to someone.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #7

    No doubt it goes to one of his shell companies anyway, I regret buying the bairn that one back in the championship.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    John Terry, another character we could get right behind 🙁

  • onmeedsun

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    He’s up there with Wise, Dennis not Ernie.

  • geordietom

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    John Terry…

    He’s a womanizer , his mother got done for shop lifting , his dad got caught dealing drugs , no ta not for us …

  • WLtoon

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    No new signings eh, well blow me down with a wet feather, i`m shocked. NOT

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    Will be the only one when the transfer window closes !!!

  • DrGloom

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #13

    The Terry link is surely a joke made up by some mackem

  • Adamn_92

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #14

    This is turning out to be a perfect season for Ashley. Can blame the league for the takeover delays and use it as an excuse to not spend much. Can blame the same reasons for sticking with Bruce for ‘stability’ whilst the takeover legal cases are ongoing. Poor run of results or form, again he can blame the league for the takeover delay. At the end of it all he might get a takeover, or can start the whole process again finding a new buyer and blame the league for any failings in the meantime. He can deflect any blame his way and will probably still be making a profit from us at the same time. Dream scenario for him.

  • DrGloom

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Well we have to wait for the wealthier clubs to finish business… which seems to be every other club in EPL at this moment

  • Asi Fish

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Aye, we can mine sweep the dregs of every other prem club like a skint soldier in a German breakfast bar……….

    Good times 🙂

  • TheTinman

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #18

    The suspected black and gold away kit is just a rip off of the pump 17/18 third kit is it not?


  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Tell us something we don’t know then but make it factual like Newcastle Utd the only Premier League Club not to bring in a player this summer. Still all fake news and rumours. As soon as it is stated we are interested in a player he goes to another Club. Why would Mash replace Bruce with John Terry ?. Apart from anything else it would cost him money to do it. No we’ll just end up with other teams “rejects” and loan players (provided they are an up grade on what we already have, HOPEFULLY!) We need Willock back as No 1 Priority and then a bit of quality with the likes of Barklay, Abraham , Origi on loan.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #20

    I wish when Bruce is allowed to just mouth off “there’s no money etc etc” for a journalist to ask him WHY IS THIS?

    If its because of a sale well there isn’t a sale happening anytime soon so supporters should be wary of giving season ticket and merch money over to Ashley to pocket

    If he’s blaming covid Ashley has had the full staff on furlough which other teams who are spending did not

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #21

    Why can nearly everyone here on the blog identify the problems but not Mash, Charnley and Bruce? Beggars belief . Adam in a recent comment has hit the nail on the head. Prepare for same old, same old . It is panning out just right for Mash sadly

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #22

    LCBP – Sadly No transparency , no honesty in anything these days my fiend!

  • lochinvar

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Bruce now blethering about the wealthier clubs. Makes a change from talking up the bigger clubs.
    Most of the so called wealthier clubs appear to operate as a cartel, are financially in crisis and acted illegally outside of the EPL to try to form a Kerry Packer style super league franchise.

    Bruce needs to stop referencing those clubs in any way shape or form.

    By all means talk about what Leicester or Villa are doing, but don’t give the slimy six any recognition.

    Have all the othe clubs agreed on a common chant for when those six play away.

    “Same old xxxxxx always corrupting? ”

    Other chants may be available.

  • Adamn_92

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #24

    West Lancs, it’s all lining up perfectly for him. Has the perfect excuse for any negative criticism thrown his way, has the perfect patsy in Bruce to be a yes man and take any flack for the on field stuff. At the end of it all he’ll make a big profit from selling the club, a smaller profit from us and then can start it all over again if the sale doesn’t happen. Ashley can’t lose at the minute and it’s sickening.

    In other cheerier news, seems like Gallagher may be off to Palace so that’s another one to tick off. We’re going to run out of players to loan from the ‘big big clubs’ at this rate.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #25

    @West Lancs

    True mate very true !

    Year after year of this is so draining has this ever happened to another club for as long as this has happened to ours?

    Ashley has been “selling” the club for 14 years and getting away with lack of investment year after year

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Leicester City are the latest Premier League club said to be pondering over a move for West Brom’s Matheus Pereira, the Mirror reports.

    Leicester are actually going to have an amazing squad and to be honest the fees they are paying for players are not earth shattering


    You know I had Palace down for relegation favourites and they still might be but damn they are certainly giving their new boss the tools to make a fist of it

    Freedman their director of football does seem to have his head switched on though Uncle Woy had taken the club as far as he could they needed a younger head will be interested to see how they do

  • Adamn_92

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #27


    Yeah I thought they might struggle this season, still could. But they’ve got a new center back pairing who are younger and hungrier who could form a good partnership. Another exciting youngster from QPR who if they are anything like Eze will end up being a handful and look to still be doing business. Be interesting to see how Viera does but he’s certainly looking to change things up at Palace and they could end up surprising a few people if he gets it all working together.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #28

    Simple way to describe wealthier and more ambitious clubs in the Premiership.
    Every club part from NUFC !!!
    And that includes the likes of: Brentford, Norwich Burnley, Watford and Brighton.
    Lochinvar is right we should at least be on a par with Villa and The Foxes.
    We have a much bigger ground and fan base (considered one of the best if not indeed the best supporters in the land!
    Howay the Lads!!!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #29


    Yeah I had hoped we could score them down as relegated so we only had 2 teams to beat 🙂

    Norwich, Watford, Brentford, Palace, Burnley and us will likely be the teams in the proper dogfight this season

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #30

    It may be going well at the moment for Mash but if he loses both these court cases he may well find himself (or indeed NUFC) in a mess with costs. He has hired amongst the best lawyers and barristers in the land and they dont come cheap. They must be rubbing their hands at all these delays as the fee clock keeps ticking away. Both sets of legal teams are the outright winners in all this.

  • Wor B

    Jul 29, 2021 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #31

    Just caught up on the jibber jabber.

    Retrospective word of the day for yesterday is a tough call.

    Honourable mentions to anxer for pernicious and to EGB for filibuster.

    But both were blown out of the water by toon22 and his contribution “BLA BLA BLA”.

    For the sake of clarity, it’s his ironic and risqué use of “bla” in place of the more common “blah”.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 29, 2021 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #32

    Very envious of Liecester. They were almost bust a few years ago and then were taken over by their well respected owners and despite the tragic loss of their main man in a helicopter crash have continued to support the club to flourish. Im sure a hungry Fox would eat a injured or dead Magpie if hungry enough .

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 29, 2021 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #33

    We have to wait for wealthier clubs. Yes.

    Which is the entire Premier league and arguably the entire championship too.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 29, 2021 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Masters & his cronies at The Premier League were hoping we’d be relegated last season so they wouldn’t have to make a decision. Now they are hell bent by delay tactics in ensuring that it will definitely happen this season so that either The Saudis walk away or the problem is passed to the EFL to sort. Its DISGRACEFUL BEHAVIOUR!

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 29, 2021 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #35

    People need to relax until we get 1st 3 games out of the way. The 1st 3 games West ham Villa Soton are winnables in my view and if we do bad then we can say yep we are going down.
    We always say we are going down then out of nowhere 3/4 worse teams appear. Let season start 1st. Norwich Watford Brentford Burnley Soton Brighton could be the worse teams

  • lochinvar

    Jul 29, 2021 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Connor Gallagher now likely and predictably to join Palace.
    Handy for going home for tea and not having to move from dirty, hot and dangerous Londinium.

    Leicester linked with the lad from West Brom.

    With minor players this is about geography. The big players that we are not allowed to afford move for the reasons of money, top 6 showdowns and Champions League where possible. Money affords them unreal lifestyles where ever they play.

    We need to chase Dutch, Belgium, Polish players even German who are open minded to join the top club in the Premiership for fans and their lifestyles.

    Turning a blind eye to Ashley, Bruce and Charnley might help.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 29, 2021 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Frank McAvennie reckons Terry could be on his way to Newcastle and everyone jumps on it. What a load of rubbish.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 29, 2021 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #40

    More optimism than I can handle.
    Let’s hope we have 9 points and are top of the League early on.


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