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Newcastle United: Journalist highlights star player for Magpies

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Journalist Jordan Cronin has claimed that Bruno Guimaraes was levels above anyone on the pitch for Newcastle United in a pre-season friendly.

Bruno Guimaraes was brought to the Premier League in January when Newcastle United acquired him for £40 million from Olympique Lyon, and he made an instant impact after he scored five times and made one assist in 16 Premier League games in the second half of last season.

Newcastle United had a pre-season fixture against third-division German side 1860 Munich, and he played just 30 minutes of the match, but after just 17 minutes he already made an impact after netting once and grabbing himself an assist.

Although the inspired performance from Guimaraes was just in a pre-season friendly, Cronin spoke on the Loaded Mag NUFC YouTube channel and claimed that he is a star player for the Magpies and he was levels above anyone else on the pitch.

(13;09) “He assisted one and scored one after 17 minutes of coming on, he was only on the pitch for half an hour and you can see how brilliant he is and what a star player he is, he was levels above anyone on that pitch,” Cronin said.

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TIF Thoughts on Cronin’s comments…

Newcastle were sat firmly in the bottom three of the Premier League standings before the January signings were brought in, and Guimaraes was one of the main reasons why their form changed drastically as they ended up finishing 11th in the top flight.

In the Premier League for the Magpies, Guimaraes had the second highest average player rating (7.25), he had the third most goal contributions (6) and he averaged the second most tackles on average per game (2.6), as per Sofascore.

Although Newcastle have signed just three players this summer, with all three being defensive options, Guimaraes only started 11 games in the Premier League last term, and with the second half of the season form from Newcastle, Eddie Howe might not want to bring in too many new faces to make the squad disjointed.

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