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Bruce Impressed With Young Defender But Stresses It’s Too Early For A Decision



Steve Bruce has had to field players out of position in all of our pre-season friendlies so far. It’s mainly been the midfield where Bruce has had few options. However, at Rotherham on Tuesday, Bruce had just two forwards to work with meaning Jeff Hendrick was upfront to see out the match.

One area where there is plenty of cover is at the back. Bruce has six center-backs on the books not including Emil Krafth, who finished last season playing on the right side of a back three.

Bruce’s primary focus is to strengthen the midfield though Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe is now considered to be a top target. The 23-year-old would instantly improve our backline with his athleticism and pace.

If Tuanzebe comes in, Bruce may feel the need to offload a center-back or two. There may not be enough squad space to register seven central defenders. It’s going to be interesting to see how Newcastle’s backline ultimately ends up.


Local lad Kell Watts has had a very good pre-season after spending the last two seasons out on loan. He was the best Magpie on the pitch by far at York City but didn’t start the next two friendlies.

Bruce was asked about the 21-year-old after his cameo at Rotherham. It appears that Kell has made an impression on his head coach this summer. Here is what Bruce said as published in The Chronicle.

“Kell Watts is the one, I was privately very pleased with him after York, and he hasn’t done himself any harm at Rotherham.

“He came on in the second half and I thought him and Paul Dummett looked at ease.

“You can see Kell has now played at EFL level and he has matured.

“It is difficult to make a decision after two or three weeks but he has been good to watch.

“It’s been good to see the three lads on the pitch (Young, Watts, White) who will enjoy their moment.

“I know it’s only a pre-season friendly but for them it’s great to see them playing for their club.”

Watts adds another element to the backline with his ball-playing ability on the left. He’s also a very versatile player who could step into the defensive midfield role in a pinch. He played there frequently when on loan with Stevenage a few seasons ago.

With Bruce having so many options at the moment, it could be a year too soon for the Alnwick-born defender. He needs to keep playing so if Bruce prefers Paul Dummett or Ciaran Clark, then Watts should head out on loan to the Championship.

If Watts is handed a real chance to play this season, keeping him behind could pay dividends. Bruce would likely have to move at least one center-back on if Watts earns a squad place and Tuanzebe comes in.

The duo would add a different element to the backline with Taunzebe’s pace and Watts’ ability to bring the ball out from the back. It still seems a long shot for Kell the season but he’s definitely getting close to earning his chance.


242 comments so far

  • G

    Jul 29, 2021 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Looks like he has the makings of a decent player, not actually seen him play in the DM role though?

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  • geordietom

    Jul 29, 2021 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Looks like Bruce is gonna send him out on loan again , unless we dont any other players in …

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 29, 2021 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Better keep hold of him and promote him to the first team for this season. We may need him to play as a lone striker at some point.

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #5

    JaSSB,
    Can you include it in your name somehow, it makes my life easier and allows other players to know who they are playing.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #6

    beermonkey,
    I’m sorry but Nicky tbt has rejoined you’ll have to start in div III but don’t worry, the only way is up 😀

    1
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 29, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    If I ring Genj and ask what his cousins upto next year will that make me a itk?

    3
  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 29, 2021 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Well He’s looked good but Ive got some ageing pros I need to please.

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  • Just a Skinny Steve Bruce

    Jul 29, 2021 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail, Ill change my name on here.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    JaSSB,
    If Mohammed won’t go to the mountain….. 😀

    0
  • Ashingtoon62

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #11

    OP,
    most definitely..

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #12

    John Terry? Well he’s English, shit and available, and so were Pardew and McClaren so….. Dear oh dear!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    There’s a poster called Ghost toon who is fairly regular and has entered the main league. We only need four more to make a divIII possible, howay Ghost toon, the blog FPL needs you!!!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Not like you to mention sh!t and English in the same sentence Munster 🙄

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #15

    I’ve just had a quick look at the blog FF league,I’m in twice.
    How bizarre!!

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  • Mund

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #16

    George
    @GeorgeYToon
    Tuanzebe to Newcastle has edged a lot closer in the recent hours, with club and player taking significant steps to get the deal done. #nufc

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Mund,
    Please do tell who @GeorgeYToon is and why he would know this kind of information?

    14
  • Mund

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #18

    If you would of said pretty please I might of 😉

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #19

    For anyone not familiar with twitter @GeorgeYToon is just some random guy no different to me, you or Sean Casey, he is not a journalist or even a sports writer, he has 1K followers in four years of tweeting. Why Mund is sharing this kind of unsubstantiated information is anyone’s guess?

    21
  • Adamn_92

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Jail

    A quick look at him, seems to retweet and get retweeted by the likes of that Mouth of The Tyne guy and the Sean Casey guy. Basically regurgitate and share each others itk knowledge. He was saying and retweeting about the Lemina deal being close the other week, a couple weeks ago said we’re close to Lazaro and was one who was going on about a fee agreed for Willock and is all but done about 2 weeks ago. Basically that Sean Casey guy but with a different name, take no notice.

    12
  • Mund

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Why you think you are a spokesperson for the blog is beyond me or anyone else on here.

    You feel that it is your job to shoot down everything that gets put up 😆

    Let posters decide what they want to decide and I’m sure a lot have already said that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Adamn_92,
    I wouldn’t have if Mund hadn’t of posted it on here 😕

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  • Mund

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Telling others what to do now?

    Check out the Inspector Clouseau‘s 😆

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  • toon22

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #24

    2 more weeks

    7
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #25

    With a bit luck one of the ITKs might hit lucky this century.

    8
  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #26

    Mund,
    You are posting BS, it is your right as I’ve said a hundred times before. It is my right to let others who aren’t familiar with twitter know that @GeorgeYToon is just another random punter tweeting duff information for attention.

    20
  • toon22

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Mund

    You saying you don’t ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Read my posts carefully Einstein, in no way, shape or form am I telling you what to do.

    15
  • Mund

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #29

    It’s not up to you to tell anyone anything as you don’t know anything.

    It’s up to each fan to decide what they want to feel about it not for me or you to decide.

    Can you forgive Micky yet? 😆

    6
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Jail

    Behave now, just because the positivity crew has been shown to be the fantasy crew there’s no need to go on 😉

    14
  • Mund

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #31

    The Magpie Group
    @MagpieGroupNUFC
    The only team in the
    @premierleague
    still to release their annual financial accounts White heavy check mark

    The only team in the
    @premierleague
    to still have made no signings two weeks before the season starts White heavy check mark

    The only team in the
    @premierleague
    with no board of directors White heavy check mark

    1/2
    3:49 PM · Jul 29, 2021·Twitter for iPhone
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    Retweets
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    ????Craig????

    Reply

    The Magpie Group
    @MagpieGroupNUFC
    ·
    6m
    Replying to
    @MagpieGroupNUFC
    The only team in the
    @premierleague
    who would appoint Steve Bruce White heavy check mark

    The only team in the
    @premierleague
    without a full time fans liaison officer White heavy check mark

    The only team in the
    @premierleague
    who consistently ban local journalists White heavy check mark

    The sooner we have annual O&D tests the better…

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail

    You must have forgotten its Munds role to decide who can say what and when and who’s positive or negative.

    Surprised you need reminding, hot weather must have got to you.

    Incase you also forgot, Do as Mund says not as he does.

    20
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam

    To the tune of the Skol advert

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 29, 2021 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Mund,
    I know that they told us Lemina was imminent, that Willock was a done deal and we’d be hearing good news on a takeover last week, your guy even told you last month an out of court settlement had been reached. They will eventually get something right then start demanding apologies.

    19
  • Adamn_92

    Jul 29, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #35

    I can’t remember who it was who suggested putting a shirt description to go with links posted, so people can decide whether it interests them to open it. Like YouTube links and stuff. Could be a good idea to do it with any potential news and rumours, like if it comes from a manager talking about a player, skysports, George caulkin, someone off Twitter, from a newspaper or online news site etc. That way everyone on the blog knows where the news/rumour is coming from and can decide individually if they take any notice of it or not 🙂

    6
  • Adamn_92

    Jul 29, 2021 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Shirt description? I meant short description haha

    1
  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 29, 2021 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #37

    We don’t want to be signing Man Utd rejects. Get some quality players in for christ sake. Players like Shaqiri and Ross Barkley.

    4
  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 29, 2021 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #38

    Adamn

    Or people could stop trying to turn the blog into a cross between Newsnow the Sunday sport and Twitter.

    10
  • Mund

    Jul 29, 2021 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Shows how exactly brand new you actually are.

    Rumours have been put on this blog for years and every one of them is up to each fan to digest not for any of you lot to decide for them.

    5
  • Mund

    Jul 29, 2021 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Trying to control the narrative of the blog 😆

    It’s a blog!!! A world wide blog full of diverse opinions and likes and dislikes there is no controlling the narrative.

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