Bruno Guimaraes wasn’t at his best against Brighton, and the Newcastle midfielder has provided an honest assessment of his performance.
The 24-year-old started in the middle of midfield on Saturday afternoon, once again flanked by Joelinton and Joe Willock.
Expectations were high after last weekend’s performance against Nottingham Forest, where Bruno absolutely stole the show.
The Brazilian has rarely struggled in a Newcastle shirt, but that was sadly the case at the Amex Stadium. Bruno was nowhere near his best, and has delivered a message to supporters after the game.
Bruno admits he was ‘not even close’ against Brighton
After the 0-0 draw, Bruno took to Twitter to comment on how he played in Newcastle’s second game of the season.
He wrote: “Not even close to be my best game, but we keep 1 important point and another clean sheet, let’s keep working for the news challenges. Thanks Geordies for the best support as always.”
Honesty from Bruno but he will have more good games than bad
Bruno’s assessment is a fair one. He wasn’t near his best. In our player ratings, we stated that he looked ‘ordinary‘ for the first time in his Newcastle career.
However, it’s just one game. Bruno has been ridiculously good since joining Newcastle. In pretty much every game he’s played, you could make a case for him being our man of the match.
He wasn’t at his usual high standards against Brighton, but performances like that will be few and far between by the time his Toon career comes to an end.
Overall, Eddie Howe’s team weren’t at their best. We lacked any kind of cutting edge in attack, and had to rely heavily on Nick Pope to save us.
Luckily he did, and the Magpies will be heading back to the North East with another point on the board. Given how we played, a point was a very good result.
On to next week – the unenvious task of welcoming Manchester City to St James’ Park…