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Steve Bruce new updates on attempts to sign Joe Willock – Complete embarrassment

1 month ago
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Joe Willock could make it eight consecutive goalscoring games in the Premier League for Newcastle United on Sunday 15 August 2021.

The end of last season seeing the then Arsenal loan player score in each of his final seven PL appearances in black and white.

In the process becoming the youngest ever Premier League player to score in six games in a row, before then becoming the youngest to do seven.

Only one problem, Joe Willock is not currently a Newcastle United player, either permanently or on loan.

This is despite the end of last season Steve Bruce promising that Newcastle United would throw everything at ensuring Joe Willock would be a Newcastle player come August 2021, the NUFC Head Coach saying they would do everything to ‘test the resolve ‘ of Arsenal to keep the player.

Moving some two and a half months on, Friday night saw Steve Bruce update us on the Joe Willock situation, indeed, Bruce updated us on the entire overall Newcastle United transfer window situation.

Matthew Raisbeck of BBC Newcastle bringing us these three quotes from Steve Bruce on Friday night after the Burton friendly:

‘Doing our utmost’

“We are doing our utmost to try to make Joe Willock work, we are doing everything we possibly can.

He is Arsenal’s player and we must respect that. But, we can only explore it for so long – and that time is going a bit short.”

‘Can’t wait forever’

“We can’t wait forever.

“We’ve made it pretty obvious all summer that he’s our number one target, so we’ll keep working away at it and see if something can develop.

“But, there comes a cut-off period.”

‘We haven’t made a bid for anybody – yet’

“We haven’t made a bid for anybody – yet. We’ve got one or two irons in the fire.

“I’m confident that we’ll bring two or three new players in, but we’ll have to wait another week or so.”

Quite extraordinary…

Doing our utmost and can’t wait forever…but we haven’t made a bid for anybody – yet.

It is a like a very short play in three acts, a comedy, or should that be a farce?

A complete embarrassment, Steve Bruce giving these new updates on Newcastle United ‘attempts’ to sign Joe Willock.

I know this might sound a bit radical…but if Newcastle United (Mike Ashley) do really, truly, honestly…want to test Arsenals’ resolve, why don’t they put a bid in for Joe Willock?

Newcastle don’t need to wait for Arsenal to give permission before they can put a bid in to buy the midfielder, so why haven’t they?

Well, the only answer to that surely, is that Mike Ashley has no intention of allowing a bid to be made and Steve Bruce is just muddying the waters to back up his boss / master as usual.

Even if a loan…the best players who go out on loan, that is also a competitive business when it comes down to fees. I’m guessing with their very late loan deal for Joe Willock at the start of February 2021, Newcastle paid no, or very little, loan fee, with no other clubs competing for a midfielder who at that point had scored only one goal in forty Premier League appearances for Arsenal.

A different story now of course after eight goals in 11 starts (and three sub appearances) for Newcastle, including scoring in all of his final seven matches.

Nothing at all to stop Newcastle putting in a loan bid either for Joe Willock, with a commitment to pay whatever loan fee for half a season or the full one.

Why not test Arsenal’s resolve? Why not out a bid on the table and then they can say yes or no, see if it tempts them?

Newcastle United have such a weak squad, are the only PL club to not have made even a single signing this summer, only 15 days until the season starts, a host of players currently out injured – including the only real quality ones NUFC currently have in ASM, Dubravka and Wilson.

Yet all we get is this nonsense from Mike Ashley and Steve Bruce, the lone club mouthpiece.

Another thing. Steve Bruce stated back at the end of last season that Newcastle United already had identified one or two signings and intimated that contact had already been made. Plus he kept talking about Newcastle bringing in three or four new players and they were aiming for quality.

Steve Bruce keeps making these excuses about the Joe Willock situation and somewhat outrageously appears to want to blame Arsenal for Newcastle’s complete car crash of a transfer window. Yet what is the excuse for not going for a single one of these other ‘quality’ players that Newcastle had identified? Not a single offer for anybody, honestly, this is absolutely shocking, Ashley’s biggest ‘laugh’ ever and Steve Bruce happy to front it all.

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