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Steve Bruce transfer window review – Can’t believe how ‘quickly and decisively’ Newcastle have acted

2 months ago
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Steve Bruce has been talking about the 2019 summer transfer window that closed earlier today.

The Head Coach reviewing what has happened these past 85 days.

Newcastle United buying three players, one on loan and one on a free.

The transfer action as follows:

Leaving:

Mohamed Diame, Antonio Barreca, Salomon Rondon, Kenedy, Joselu, Ayoze Perez, Jacob Murphy (on loan), Freddie Woodman (on loan)

Arriving:

Joelinton, Jetro Willems (on loan), Allan Saint-Maximin , Emil Krafth, Andy Carroll

Steve Bruce declaring ‘We have been able to act quickly and decisively and brought in some very very good players.’

There are different ways of looking at it of course and Bruce is referencing signings in relation to his own arrival in mid-July, saying ‘I have been here three weeks. It is quite remarkable what the club have been able to do.’

However, the fact remains that it took until day 69 of the transfer window for the first signing in Joelinton, then signings two and three (Willems and ASM) came in on day 79, before Krafth and Carroll on the very final day (number 85).

Steve Bruce admits it will be at least two or three weeks before Andy Carroll can be considered, which surely means not until Liverpool away at the earlier in mid-September, after the two week international break.

Whilst he also acknowledges that apart from maybe Joelinton, the new signings ‘…need a little bit of time to get used to what is going to happen.’

The Head Coach in his interview also revealed that the club had been looking at signing Emil Krafth long before his (Bruce’s) arrival, which we already new was the case with Allan Saint-Maximin and Joelinton, who almost had completed deals done in January and February respectively.

Nobody believes Steve Bruce has any say on transfers so it is a big negative that signings weren’t made far earlier.

The suspicion being that signings have been held back until later in the window to have more of a PR impact very close to the new season, as many fans are considering a boycott and protests, starting with Arsenal on Sunday.

However, this is a massive handicap for a manager/head coach looking to have a fully fit and integrated squad ready for the new season.

So much rests on Joelinton’s shoulders.

Steve Bruce talking to NUFC TV:

“I have been here three weeks.

“It is quite remarkable what the club have been able to do.

“You know, we have been able to act quickly and decisively and brought in some very very good players.

“It is up to me now to get them to settle down as quickly as possible.

“Two have walked in today.

“Two walked in three days (ED: six days) ago.

“So they need a little bit of time to get used to what is going to happen.

“But they are here and the longer they are here, the more better they will become.

“I’m sure they will be marvellous additions to the squad that we have already got.

“We all know Andy’s had a few problems with injuries and we hope to get him back on the pitch.

“A fit and flying Andy Carroll is as good as you get.

“We hope he can stay injury free…we understand that he is not going to be available for the next two or three weeks for sure – but we felt in the long-term it is worth the gamble.

“When you are from this area and it doesn’t matter how many years you leave it, it always seems to come back to you.

“That’s quite a unique thing us Geordies have.

“Maybe one day we’ll just have an all Geordie eleven.”

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