Eddie Howe keeps Newcastle United fans guessing over Bruno Guimaraes selection decision

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Bruno Guimaraes is yet to make his full Newcastle United home debut since arriving from Lyon in January.

Eddie Howe is considering handing Bruno Guimaraes his full St James’ Park debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Friday night.

All three of the Brazilian’s starts for Newcastle United have come on the road at Southampton, Chelsea and Everton before the 16-day break.

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After returning late from international duty with Brazil last week, the 24-year-old dropped to the bench for the 5-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

However, with Joe Willock an injury doubt, Guimaraes is in line to return to the starting XI and as a result, make his full home debut.

“Bruno, in the little cameos he’s given, has given a glimpse of what he’s capable of,” Howe said. Guimaraes has made substitute appearances versus Everton, Aston Villa and Brighton.

Howe added: “Certainly, I think supporters have taken to that when they’ve seen little bits that he’s done.

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“I think he’s done very well in the short time he’s had on the pitch at home. I think he’s been excellent. He’s been someone that I’ve really enjoyed working with. He’s very much a winner. He’s got a great attitude to his training and the way he conducts himself.

“So with his flamboyance and technique comes a steeliness, which is hugely important in his position. Yeah, let’s see what happens.”

Having impressed during his starts away from Tyneside, the St James’ Park-faithful is desperate to see their £35million January signing in action.

The inclusion of Guimaraes on the teamsheet against Wolves will likely galvanise the home crowd before kick-off, so will that impact Howe’s decision to start him?

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“Not particularly,” Howe admitted. “I look at the best player for the position to get the best result for the team.

“If that player can generate a good atmosphere just by playing, then all the better. But I would be foolish to make a decision based on the reaction of the crowd. It has to be for what the team needs.

“Bruno is an outstanding player so, if he does play, that will help the team, and that’s the most important thing.”

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