Newcastle’s remaining transfer plans detailed as Bruce gives Saint-Maximin boost

Steve Bruce has ruled out spending any more cash in the transfer window before deadline day.

Newcastle have splashed out £35m this summer on Callum Wilson and Jamal Lewis, plus Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendrick and keeper Mark Gillespie on free transfers.

Bruce says there won't be any more deals involving fees and said: “I don't expect to be that busy. If something becomes available we will act.

"But we made sure our work was done before the season was started. If a good player comes up on loan we will look at it.

"We have to let a few leave this building and we will see what develops.

"We are pleased what we have done. We have to get them settled, playing well, and improving Newcastle.

"I'm sure our new lads will do very well.”

Bruce is facing questions over his team selection and tactics as goal-shy Newcastle face Burnley this weekend.

Star man Allan Saint Maximin is fit again, but Jamal Lascelles has a hamstring problem and Emile Kraft a hip injury.

Bruce said: “It is a big day for Allan today and he has trained all week.

"We hope Allan is well. He is over his ankle injury and we are glad to see him back."

The United coach is under pressure to bed down a system that delivers more chances and goals, with his side stuck on three shots on target and three goals from three Premier League games, one of those a penalty kick.

Geordie fans have grown restless over the changing systems and lack of front foot football on display and the clash with Burnley is a major opportunity to get back on track.

Newcastle are mid-table with four points, with a Carabao Cup quarter final at Brentford to look forward to in December, making for a decent start to the season on paper.

But Newcastle need to get more out of new signing Callum Wilson, start to dominate in midfield more, and show evidence of a plan emerging.

Bruce has taken a swipe at his critics and bristles at claims they don't have a method of play.

He said: “Granted we have not played well enough. But let's not dissect it. There has to be a balance. I have played with a back four and two up top in six games. I don't know where this thing of there now being a plan comes from.

“If someone wants to pull me on tactics then I will have the conversation. I only went to a back three against Tottenham.

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“It is a work in progress. We are in the middle of change from a team who lays a back five and sits deep to a more forward thinking side with a back four.

“You don't mind criticism if it is balanced. We had 27 attempts at their goal the other night, ten on target. Yes we didn't play well for 40 minutes. We won 7-0 and the centre forward gets criticised for missing a chance.

“It is the nature of the job to get criticised. It is the way it is.”

On the Carabao Cup draw against Brentford, Bruce added: “It has given us a wonderful opportunity against a very good Brentford side.

"It won't be easy. We have to be pleased to avoid the big names but they are a very good side. They have a model. They sell one, bring on in and it has been seamless in the way they do it.

"But a wonderful chance for us.”

Possible starting XI: Darlow; Manquillo, Schar, Fernandez, Lewis; Hayden, Shelvey; Joelinton, Almiron, Saint-Maximin; Wilson

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