The Magpies’ boss shared that he hopes Nickson and his scouting team can find a player that he will be able to work with and help grow in the coming years at St James’ Park.
Bruce commented on his signing of John McGinn at Aston Villa, labelling him as one of the best signings he has ever made during his managerial career.
“I hope so,” he told the Chronicle.
“I hope we can go and find one. I think it’s a big part. It’s going to be the challenge I lay down to Steve and his team.”
It is suggested that Bruce is on the lookout for a midfielder in the January market, despite his admission that it can be a difficult window to work in.
In a current-day market where big money is thrown around, the satisfaction level goes a lot higher when you are able to scout and bring in young talent for a cheap price. There is little risk in those sort of moves for clubs like Newcastle, who would manage to secure massive profit should that player succeed in the Premier League and hit the ground running. You could compare the success of Matty Longstaff in his opening month breaking into the first-team, and his emergence has given the whole squad a boost. The energy of the youngster has rubbed off on his teammates, and should Nickson manage to find another player that is as talented, the Magpies will be in a very good position in the future, both on and off the pitch. Bruce will be more interested in bringing in a player who can immediately make a difference in January, with the young talent surely more of a long-term project in the North East.