The Newcastle United January signing who has ‘no fear’ and who Eddie Howe ‘loves so much’

Bruno Guimaraes had to wait almost three months to start his first Newcastle United game at St James’ Park and against Wolves, he made it a worthwhile wait.
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Eddie Howe has provided his assessment of Bruno Guimaraes’ performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Brazilian was handed his first St James’ Park start and in the eyes of the supporters, starred during the 1-0 victory.

But what did his head coach make of the midfielder’s display?

“I thought he did very well in a difficult game,” Howe said.

“He showed real intelligence in possession in terms of his positioning and his desire to get on the ball is so strong.

“There is no fear in Bruno, he wants to be on the ball in every moment and that, in part, is why we love him so much.

“But also defensively, the discipline, the positioning, the attitude to recover, his shape and to help his teammates out of possession was very good.

“As we know, the Premier League is very different and adapting was always going to be the biggest challenge but he had no issues tonight.”

Guimaraes was starting just his fourth game for the Magpies with the other six appearances coming from off the bench.

Fans have been quick to label the £35million January signing from Lyon as a class above, with his calmness in possession and eye for a pass a key feature in his game.

Already, there is a feeling the 24-year-old has set the benchmark for the type of players the Magpies should be recruiting in the near future now they’re under new and ambitious owners.

“I think there will be other Brunos,” Howe admits. “That’s a good way of putting it.

“But we’ll endeavour, when the time is right, I’ll speak about that. It’s not for now. That’s other people’s jobs at the football club to try and identify players.

“Mine is to coach the team and try and keep us in the league, so I’ll concentrate on that for now.”