According to The Guardian, Steve Bruce hopes to use his Man Utd contacts to bring as many as THREE rarely used Red Devils to St James’ Park this month.
Those three are Brandon Williams, Phil Jones and Jesse Lingard, with the former linked with a loan move, Jones likely to leave on the cheap and Lingard likewise now his contract is up in a few months time.
That said, The Guardian’s Gregg Bakoswki has delivered a pretty brutal assessment of those links in his latest transfer column, suggesting Jones and Jesse are anything but the answer to Bruce’s problems.
Here’s what he’s had to say, questioning the NUFC boss’ decision to predominantly target defenders when we’re struggling to score – joking that Lingard could be signed to ‘choreograph celebrations’ the rare occasion we do!
The Mill was amazed to find out that Steve Bruce still has contacts at Manchester United, and that he intends to lean on them heavily to bolster his paper-thin Newcastle squad. With his Magpies scoring, on average, a goal every leap year he’s decided to target his, erm, defence.
The young left-back Brandon Williams’ rampaging runs up and down the flank for United in the Carabao Cup have got Bruce hot and bothered, so he’d like to slot him into his defence with a steady presence at centre-back beside him to coach him through games. The kind of cool-headed, controlled leader of men who could ensure Newcastle get the clean sheets they need to pick up the points required to spend another season treading water in the Premier League. So, why he thinks Phil Jones is the man to do that we don’t know. But there you go. He’ll also try to bring in Jesse Lingard, presumably to choreograph the celebrations on those rare occasions when they do score.
Williams looks a real talent and would be a decent coup on loan, but I’m not keen on Jones and am unconvinced with Lingard. Both will be on big wages and barely played in 2020.
Have we not learned from Rose and Bentaleb in that it’s unwise to bring in has-beens who’ve barely kicked a ball when we’re looking for instant impact?
I’d be all for Williams, however I’m struggling with the other two – and it seems I’m not the only one!