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Bruce’s Best Buys

Posted on November 20th, 2020 | No Comments |

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Our play might be boring, but Bruce has made some good signings
The 2020-21 Premier League season is well underway and this year’s Newcastle squad has a very different feel to last season. In classic Newcastle fashion though, despite the promise of a newly formed squad, results have been mixed. It’s best to seek guidance and opinion from professionals when trying to predict any fixture in the Premier League this season, but this is especially true of the Toon Army given their revised attacking options.

Bruce himself has come under criticism and pressure from fans since joining the club, and many have questioned the transfers brought into Newcastle in recent years, with Mike Ashley usually the first to be blamed. The Newcastle Chairman has given the club a cash injection under Bruce’s tenure, and it’s fair to say that the jury is still out on most of the recruitment.

When Ashley smashed the club’s all time transfer record by paying a reported £40 million for Joelinton, there was clear intent from the board to make the club competitive. However, the Brazilian striker has struggled to adapt to the Premier League, with only two goals to his name in over a year, so Ashley was forced to delve into the transfer market again.

Here I’ll rank Steve Bruce’s best three transfers as Manager of Newcastle.

Callum Wilson

We could still be in the honeymoon period of his time with the club, but since signing in the summer Wilson has clearly been the Magpies’ primary goal threat. Bruce has heaped praise on his striker, declaring that he’s got an uncoachable scoring touch which makes a huge difference to the team. Signed from Bournemouth, Wilson has been in a rich vein of form during the opening eight games of the season, bagging himself six Premier League goals. Wilson set the club back an estimated £20 million, but that could prove to be a bargain price if he continues to lead the line with such productivity.

The Coventry born goal scorer was on the radar for other clubs this summer. However, concerns about his injury record were surely key factors why the major European clubs haven’t invested in his services. Newcastle will be reliant on his goals this season, so it will be down to Bruce to ensure Wilson is well rested and that the club don’t risk losing such a valuable asset.

Allan Saint-Maximin

It hasn’t taken long for Saint-Maximin to make a name for himself at St. James’ Park. The strong and rapid winger has been a thorn in opposition sides since his arrival at the club. His flair and confidence to run at defences has drawn fans from across the country, and his highlights on the pitch even outdo those in his distinctive hairstyle. The 23-year-old Frenchman is yet to be called up to the National side, but it’s only a matter of time until the selfless attacker forces his way into Les Bleus.

Driven by assists rather than goals, Saint-Maximin is a creative influence who Bruce has personally described as a joy to watch and a unique talent. At only £16 million, Saint-Maximin was a bargain price in the current market. Hopefully the maverick can inspire his teammates into pushing for a European place.

Saint-Maximin loves to get to the by-line

Jeff Hendrick

With a winger and goalscorer acquired, Bruce needed to ensure that the spine of his team remained sturdy, and so invested in Jeff Hendrick. The Irish international had been an integral part of an industrious Burnley midfield over the past few seasons, and it’s this work rate which Newcastle were lacking. Hendrick may well be the most astute of all the signings. He brings Premier League pedigree at no cost, as he was a free transfer.

Steve Bruce clearly has bigger plans than just relying on his steel in central midfield though, and has placed Hendrick out on the right wing in a few games, much to the surprise of the Newcastle faithful. Perhaps the Magpies boss has seen something in Hendrick which the rest of us haven’t and he could well shape the 28-year-old into a versatile acquisition.

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