Newcastle United finished the summer transfer window with a whimper.
In the end, only Joe Willock came in as a first-team addition.
The club did land Santiago Munoz on deadline day, but the 19-year-old will go to the academy first.
And there is no telling at this point if he will make that step up to the first-team.
There was talk of Hamza Choudhury and Boubacar Kamara coming in on Tuesday.
But neither made the move and have stayed with Leicester City and Marseille respectively.
The Telegraph brought an interesting report yesterday which claimed Newcastle had been offered a number of players as potential loan signings in the final weeks of the window.
One of those players was Everton defender Mason Holgate.
Holgate has been linked with Newcastle before. The Northern Echo reported in December 2019 that Bruce had spent a lot of time scouting Holgate, who was rated at £14 million at the time.
Nothing came of that scouting, and four windows on, it looks like Newcastle have again decided against moving for the Englishman for one reason or another.
Holgate would have improved Newcastle
Holgate is someone that could have come in really handy for Newcastle.
If there is any truth in Newcastle being offered him as a potential loan signing, the club should have pushed hard to get it done.
The versatile star can play as a centre-half, a right-back or a right wing-back.
Given Newcastle play with a back three/five, he would have been ideal. He is undoubtedly an upgrade on Emil Krafth.
Holgate has played three of Everton’s four games so far in 2021/22, and wore the captain’s armband against Huddersfield Town in the EFL Cup last week.
It seems Rafa Benitez rates the 24-year-old, and Newcastle may well have missed their chance.