Steve Bruce has played down fan concerns after Callum Wilson sat out last night’s Carabao Cup defeat to Burnley, insisting he was simply giving minutes to other members of the squad.
The NUFC boss was also quizzed about potential incomings ahead of next week’s transfer deadline, however his response was anything but encouraging.
Although he did confirm we are still looking closely at the loan market, he declared there is no money to spend whatsoever – ruling out permanent deals unless extra cash is raised via player sales.
Here’s what he had to say, starting with a reassuring response when asked why Wilson missed out on the matchday squad:
Bruce on Wilson’s absence:
“I wanted to make sure we used the squad.
“With the changes I made, we’ve got a bit of competition.”
Bruce on transfers:
“I’ve said it many times now: we’re looking at the loan market because we haven’t got any money to spend.”
I can understand why Wilson didn’t start – we need to keep him fit – however it was a big mistake not having him as an option off the bench.
He could’ve been the difference as a late sub, not to mention the fact he would’ve been our most reliable option for the penalty shootout we went on to lose!
As for transfer, it really does look like it’s loans or nothing between now and 11pm next Tuesday. That said, it’s time the press questioned just where the money has gone.
After all, you don’t see the likes of Crystal Palace, Norwich or Brentford pleading following the pandemic, with it also forgotten that we have cut the wage bill considerably after getting rid of Carroll, Atsu, Muto, Saivet, Lejeune, Yedlin and Aarons in 2021.