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According to Eddie Howe, for Newcastle to succeed, they require Bruno Guimaraes to perform at his highest level.
The Brazilian player, who is 26 years old, has been performing exceptionally well lately despite struggling with a recurring ankle injury for a few months. This injury had previously hindered his performance and prevented him from reaching the level he had shown in his initial months in England.
However, he was one of the Magpies’ star performers in their Premier League victories over Chelsea and Manchester United either side of a 1-1 Champions League draw at Paris St Germain in which he also excelled, and his return to that level could hardly have been better timed for head coach Howe as he contends with an ongoing selection crisis.
He stated that it is crucial for your best players to perform exceptionally when faced with a situation like the current one, and Bruno has definitely fulfilled that expectation.
“I believe Manchester United and Chelsea displayed some of his greatest performances, particularly in the first half against PSG.”
“I believe he displayed exceptional skill and creativity while possessing the ball. He also effectively built a strong connection with his teammates on the field. Additionally, his off-ball performance was impressive, showcasing excellent physicality and a strong pressing game.”
He plays a crucial role in that aspect of the game for our team, so it can be physically demanding for him. However, he is able to consistently perform the necessary physical tasks, so I believe his game is in a strong position.
“We must excel in order to succeed, as he is at the center of all aspects.”
In January 2022, Guimaraes joined St James’ Park from Lyon for a transfer fee of £35 million. After gradually adjusting to the team, he won over his manager, teammates, and fans with impressive performances that motivated the team to secure their place in the league.
Unfortunately, he departed Fulham in January with the assistance of crutches and a protective boot due to an ankle injury. Despite initially making a quick recovery, the injury persisted and negatively impacted his performance over the course of several months.
When asked about the severity of the injury, Howe responded, “I am uncertain. Only Bruno can accurately answer that.”
I knew that during certain games, he may injure his ankle again and feel discomfort for a while, but he always managed to recover and run it off.
“I don’t remember him skipping many training sessions due to it, so I believe he has managed the situation very effectively.”
Guimaraes will hope to continue in his rich vein at Tottenham on Sunday, with the Magpies looking to bounce back from Thursday night’s 3-0 defeat at Everton, and Howe is looking for even more from him.
He stated that they hope to witness him making an impact in games and using his skills to determine their outcome. If they consistently provide him with the ball, he has the ability to break through any defensive strategies.
The source of this information is the independent.co.uk website.