Eddie Howe has admitted that he has been surprised by how well Bruno Guimaraes has fitted into his Newcastle United squad.
The 24-year-old joined the Magpies in January, costing £35million from Lyon.
He was a statement signing at the start of the year, and has quickly established himself as the best player at St James’ Park.
Bruno has been out of this world on the pitch, with his most recent blockbuster performance coming in the 5-1 win over Brentford. The Brazil international scored twice.
While fans and pundits have been in awe of Bruno’s performances, Howe has been surprised himself – but not because of his ability.
Howe on how Bruno has surprised him
Ahead of Newcastle’s game against Manchester United, Howe spoke to Sky Sports about the Magpies’ number 39.
“He’s done unbelievably well,” Howe said.
“And I think the thing that has pleasantly surprised me is – because you never quite know your relationship with a player when you sign them, you never quite know how it well gel between me and him, and him and the squad, there’s a lot guesswork.
“But that has been the most pleasant surprise for me. He’s fitted in so well and he’s epitomised the team spirit and the drive that we need to be successful.
“And I think the supporters have seen that and taken to him from day one.
“Off the pitch, absolutely brilliant. But on the pitch he speaks for himself. I don’t think I have to really comment too much on his performances.”
An incredible character and player
Every time Bruno steps onto a football pitch and represents Newcastle he impresses. More often than not he is the Magpies’ man of the match.
But he is clearly having an impact off the pitch too, and that has delighted Howe.
Bruno easily could have arrived at St James’ Park with an ego. Brazil international, played in the Champions League, huge transfer fee. But no. He has fitted in seamlessly with the group, and is adored by fans.
The midfielder is a great fit for Newcastle, and we are lucky to have him. He is exactly the type of player we need to be signing in the coming years if we are to keep progressing.
Getting good players is one thing. But they have to be the right character for a club and project like Newcastle.
Bruno epitomises that, and can be the driving force behind any success the Magpies have in the coming years.
It hasn’t taken him long to get up to speed in the Premier League and with his new team, and it is a joy to watch him play in black and white.