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'An energiser!' - Bruno Guimaraes lauded for brace as Newcastle midfielder strengthens Brazil World Cup case

6:05 AM MYT 09/10/2022
Bruno Guimaraes, Newcastle, May 2022
Bruno Guimaraes was the standout performer in Newcastle's 5-1 win over Brentford on Saturday, impressing his boss and also Brazil decision-makers.
  • Bruno Guimaraes scored a brace
  • Eddie Howe lauded the midfielder
  • He will now hope for a World Cup place

WHAT HAPPENED? Bruno Guimaraes scored two goals as Newcastle beat Brentford 5-1 at St James' Park, earning praise from fans and Howe.

WHAT THEY SAID: Eddie Howe told reporters: “He’s absolutely a bargain because he’s had a huge effect on the team and the club. In today’s market, that is a relatively modest sum – which I can’t really believe I’m saying – but it is.

“He’s a pleasure to coach and be around. He’s a really positive person, an energiser and someone I love to coach and be with. I think everyone here connected with the club – me, the players, the supporters – absolutely love him.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Bruno Guimaraes will be hoping that his performances are enough to earn him a starting spot with Brazil as the team heads to the World Cup in November. He's in direct competition with Fred for a place in the XI, but regardless, he is likely to make the squad in some capacity.

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WHAT NEXT FOR GUIMARAES? The Brazilian midfielder and Newcastle head to Old Trafford to face Erik ten Hag's Manchester United on October 16.