Journalist Keith Downie has highlighted that Bruno Guimaraes has fitted in perfectly at Newcastle United after his January transfer.
Bruno Guimaraes signed for Newcastle United from Lyon in January for a fee in the region of £37 million, and he has impressed so far after scoring four times and assisting once in 15 Premier League games under Eddie Howe.
Newcastle have turned their season around, and this could be seen to be down to a good January transfer window after they signed Kieran Trippier, Matt Targett, Dan Burn, Chris Wood, and Guimaraes. The Magpies were firmly in the relegation zone before Christmas, but now are safe ahead of next season and sit 14th in the table.
After the positive impact that Guimaraes has had at the club, Downie highlighted to GiveMeSport that it is not just his actions on the pitch that have impressed.
“I think the thing that’s impressed everyone at the club most of all about him is just his character around the place.
“He’s just fitted in seamlessly to the rest of the players and you see that when you go up there because I’ve interviewed him a few times and I’ve seen him around the training ground. He just fits in brilliantly. I’ve spoken to a few of the players as well, who say that it’s like he’s been there forever, so he’s really fitted in,” Downie said.
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Guimaraes has also taken to life in the Premier League excellently on the field, as he has the second-highest average player rating in the Newcastle squad (7.16), he has the second-most tackles on average per game (2.5) and he has the third most goal contributions at the club (5), as per Sofascore.
Signing Guimaraes was a real sign of intent from Howe after he brought into the visions of the club by leaving Lyon who were playing in the Europa League, for a team fighting relegation.