Bruno Guimaraes has given an interesting interview to French outlet L’Equipe which Sport Witness has translated and published. Newcastle’s star playmaker has touched on the difference in his role on Tyneside with that of his former club Lyon.
Bruno has taken Newcastle by storm, especially in front of goal, with 8 goals in 31 appearances since his arrival in January. That output drastically differs from his 3 goals in 71 appearances with Lyon. The difference comes down to the way Eddie Howe has utilized the Brazilian international.
In his comments to L’Equipe, Bruno revealed that Brazilian boss Tite plans to use him as Howe has in more of a creative role rather than the defensive one at Lyon. Here is what the recently-turned 25-year-old told the French outlet:
“I never doubted my quality. When I arrived, we had to keep up. This season we’ve had a great run.
“But my role here is completely different from my role in Lyon, I play like a number 8. I often find myself on the edge of the box to pass or score.
“I think that among midfielders, only Kevin De Bruyne is more involved in goal actions in the Championship. That means I do some interesting things. I like this game, defending and attacking. I’m freer than at OL.
“There, I was considered as a retriever who doesn’t have to pass the midfield too much. At Newcastle, I’m a creator. And Tite also wants to use me like that.”
While Guimaraes has anchored the three-man midfield for much of this season, he has consistently contributed to the attack. The hamstring injury to Jonjo Shelvey, who played the deeper role last season, has kept Bruno deeper to start this season.
Newcastle are in the hunt for a holding midfielder to free Bruno up even more. His exploits on Tyneside will hopefully result in more opportunities in this year’s World Cup. Bruno has 8 caps but his new attacking prowess should see him build on that in Qatar.