Steve Bruce thanks ‘extremely generous’ Newcastle United
Steve Bruce took charge of his first game at Sheffield Wednesday yesterday.
The former Sunderland manager’s team were 11 points above relegation and 11 points off the play-off places.
After a late 1-0 win over bottom club Ipswich, they are now nine points off the play-off positions and with 17 games still remaining, anything is possible in a division where there is very little to choose between most of the clubs.
Deadline day on Thursday saw Steve Bruce bring in three players for a potential promotion push, defender Dominic Iorfa bought from Wolves, as well as Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar coming in on loan from Newcastle United.
Talking about the signings after beating Ipswich, Bruce stated ‘I have to thank Newcastle. They were extremely generous.’
Possibly suggesting that Newcastle are covering a significant proportion of the pair’s wages.
In reality though, I reckon it should be Rafa Benitez thanking Steve Bruce for taking on the two of them.
Ridiculously long contracts mean that both Aarons and Lazaar have two and a half years left on their Newcastle deals and the manager clearly is desperate to get the two of them out of the club.
Transfer windows are of course also about moving players on as well as signing them and we can only hope that these loan moves can help both of them find new clubs on a permanent basis in the summer.
Achraf Lazaar wasn’t in the squad yesterday but Rolando Aarons did get a few minutes as a late sub.
Steve Bruce talking to BBC Radio Sheffield:
“I have to thank Newcastle.
“They were extremely generous.
“Dominic Iorfa I have known for a long, long time.
“A couple of years ago I thought he was going to be a world-beater but Wolves haven’t played him.
“He is young and athletic, quick, so he will be a really good addition to the team and I’m delighted to have him.
“I have said to all of them (Rolando Aarons, Achraf Lazaar and Dominic Irofa), the problem is that we have left seven players behind today and still travelled with 20.
“That is a big squad which needs to be trimmed.
“It is impossible to keep 27 happy but I have given them all an assurance that they will get their chance.”
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