This is why Eddie Howe left Bruno Guimaraes out of his Newcastle United starting XI versus Everton

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Eddie Howe resisted calls from Newcastle United fans to name Bruno Guimaraes in his starting XI against Everton.

Eddie Howe has opened up on his decision to leave Bruno Guimaraes out of his Newcastle United starting XI for the win over Everton.

Magpies fans were eager to see their January signing in action following his hugely exciting £33.5million arrival from Ligue 1 side Lyon.

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However, the United head coach opted to name Guimaraes on the bench, a big call that was ultimately justified as his side ran out 3-1 winners to jump out of the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since early October.

The Brazil international did make his debut as a 90th-minute substitute for Joe Willock, where his introduction was met with a rapturous applause by the St James’ Park crowd.

Why Eddie Howe left Bruno Guimaraes out of his starting XI

Howe explained: "We won our last game 1-0 and the big thing for me is I have to reward players that play well.

"In my opinion, to change the team and leave players that don’t deserve to be left out is a dangerous thing to do.

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"Also, new players coming in have to earn their place. I was really pleased with the performance at Leeds.

"I felt Sean Longstaff was very unfortunate not to start the game today for what he gave in that match.

"I understand everyone is excited to see the new signings and I’m the same, I’m no different, I want to give them their opportunity but I’ve always got to do what’s right for the team.

"I felt this was the right team for the game. Who knows what that looks like for Aston Villa.

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"Bruno has a massive part to play. You can see from his cameo today that he is full of confidence and is going to be a top player for us.

"But even this period of adjustment for Bruno is a good thing where he can watch and learn. There is so much you have to pick up when you come to a new team.

"He’s going to be an outstanding talent for us."

Guimaraes only landed on Tyneside on Friday morning, so has trained with his new teammates a maximum of four times.

During his settling-in period, the 24-year-old has been supported by fellow countryman Joelinton.

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