Journalist Chris Waugh has claimed that Bruno Guimaraes’ great form for Newcastle United has largely been down to his desire to go to the World Cup.
The Magpies’ fanbase has certainly been blessed since the end of January when they brought in Guimaraes for £40m from Lyon, and he is now widely regarded as one of the best players playing outside the traditional top six in the Premier League.
Guimaraes has now duly been rewarded for his great run of form on Tyneside by being called up to the Brazil squad for his first-ever World Cup, which was clearly a very emotional and huge moment in his life, as this footage showcases from his living room.
Waugh has now revealed on Pod on the Tyne this moment was the major driving force behind his great form after he spoke to people behind the scenes at Newcastle.
He said: “He did have to go. I mean, I don’t think there was ever any doubt.
“I’ve just watched a video on silent of Bruno Guimaraes and his family finding out that he has made the squad, he’s holding his little son Matteo and it’s a lovely video.
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“It means a heck of a lot to him. I’ve spoken to people behind the scenes at Newcastle who’ve said that’s been part of his driving force this year, he’s determined to go to the World Cup and to do well.”
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It’s no surprise that this has been a huge driving force behind Guimaraes putting in several stunning displays for the Magpies, and even adapting his game to become more of a goalscorer than he has at any other club during his career, as going to his first-ever World Cup will be a huge honour for him and his family.
Some fans may be worried whether Guimaraes will still have that same kind of drive and determination they’ve become accustomed to seeing from their Brazilian midfielder once the World Cup is finished, but that likely won’t even be something that crosses his mind.
This is because he’s openly spoken to people in the media about becoming a Newcastle United legend and already feeling at home on Tyneside despite spending less than 12 months there, so he looks to have fully bought into the project, and Brazil wasn’t the sole inspiration for his form.