Where are the players Steve Bruce’s has sold now?

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Steve Bruce’s arrival at Newcastle in July 2019 was divisive to say the least. After the departure of the beloved mercurial Magpies manager Rafa Benitez, Bruce, who left Championship Sheffield Wednesday for the job, was seen as something of a downgrade. 

Others pointed to more tenuous reasons why Bruce wasn’t suited to the job, including his time at archrivals Sunderland, and that fact that he wasn’t a “proper” Geordie, having been raised in the Newcastle suburbs. However, Bruce has so far done a fairly respectable job (up for debate), finishing 13th last season, and bringing in a host of experienced players, most recently including Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Jeff Hendrick.

Good times may be on their way back to St James’s Park, and some optimistic Newcastle fans may even be thinking of backing the Toon to finish in Europe. However, given how things have played out in recent seasons it would be wise to take advantage of the best free bets from whichbookie.co.uk if you’re thinking of taking on that punt!

Whilst Bruce’s soothingly soft accent may lead many to consider him a soft touch, he has also not been afraid to show underperforming players the door. So, with the transfer window now shut, let’s take a look at where some of the players Bruce has sold are plying their trade now. 

Daniel Barlaser

Most Newcastle fans could be forgiven for not being familiar with Barlaser. The 23 year old is a product of the Newcastle Academy, but managed only 2 FA Cup appearances for the senior squad. After successful loan periods at Crewe, Accrington Stanley and Rotherham, Barlaser signed for the latter permanently in October 2020, after Steve Bruce made it clear he did not consider the midfielder as part of his plans. 

Still, the youngster is popular at Rotherham, and should help them challenge for a high finish in the Championship.

Sung-Yeung Ki

The South Korean struggled to find favour under Brucey, managing just three appearances, with only one start. It was fairly obvious that the Newcastle manager considered him surplus to requirements, and his contract was terminated in January 2020. 

Ki has since featured for two clubs in less than a year. Following his departure from England, he arrived at RCD Mallorca, but played just once as the Covid-19 pandemic but La Liga on hold. 

He has since returned to his homeland, plying his trade at FC Seoul, and looks to have found first team football again. 

Newcastle United - Ki Sung-yueng departs

Jack Colback

Bruce and Colback had at least one thing in common. They had both arrived at Newcastle having spent time at Sunderland, and could therefore both appreciate the unique reception that greets a player or manager who crosses the unspoken divide between the two clubs. 

However, they didn’t share much of a working relationship. Bruce was content to see Colback’s contract terminated this summer, and the midfielder made his way to Championship Nottingham Forest, where he had spent significant time on loan over the preceding two seasons. 

The 30 year old will be looking to help Forest return once again to the Premier League, as they just missed out on the playoffs last season. 

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