Date: 2nd February 2021 at 10:00pm
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According to The Athletic, Steve Bruce was unable to get what he wanted over the course of the January window. 

What’s the story?

They claim that the manager was searching for a versatile defender, someone capable of filling in at both left-back and in central defence, though was obviously ultimately left disappointed.

Indeed, loan deals weren’t thought to be forthcoming during what looked like a difficult window for the majority of teams, given the relative lack of action.

As a result, Chris Waugh of the publication estimates could benefit from the fact no one came in. Able to operate in either defensive position, the former Wales international’s main problems appear to be keeping fit, given Transfermarkt note he’s missed 45 games since the start of the 2017/18 campaign.

The Verdict

While the lack of ambition shown in the transfer market has been something well worthy of criticism over the years, this edition of the January window did look exceptionally difficult given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With that in mind, it’s hard to be critical of the fact didn’t strengthen at left-back.

Crucially, both Dummett and – who stayed despite links with – are able to deputise behind Jamal Lewis, who enjoyed perhaps his best game in a black and white shirt against .

Hailed by The Chronicle after the win at , the need to bring more options there could naturally be eased should the Northern Ireland international be able to kick on now.