Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce believed that his deadline day transfer targets were ‘gettable and necessary’ but the club’s managing director Lee Charnley disagreed, according to Chris Waugh for The Athletic.
Newcastle made only one signing during the summer transfer window, bringing Joe Willock to St James’ Park permanently off the back of his loan spell earlier in 2021.
The Magpies were strongly linked with Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury but no deal materialised, and there were even suggestions that Bruce was trying to ‘sign players on his own’ on the final day of trading.
It has been a torrid start to the new season for Newcastle, who sit 19th with just one point on the board from their first four Premier League matches.
The manager pushed for a defensive midfielder and a centre-back in the final knockings of the window, but he was told by Charnley that financial constraints and a lack of space in the squad made those deals impossible.
Bruce believes that gaps could have been opened up had Newcastle sold some ‘ageing players’ rather than awarding them new deals. He has apparently now been left in a potentially ‘awkward situation’, working with individuals that he wanted to offload.
You can understand Bruce’s desperation in this regard. Newcastle needed to address both of those positions, as their early defensive woes have made clear.
He also has a point about the contracts. One puzzling example is Dwight Gayle, who was offered a three-year extension at the age of 31.
Do they really need him to be taking up a place in the squad if Bruce has little intention of using him?
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