Alan Shearer believes Newcastle’s hopes of attracting top talent in the summer transfer window have been greatly enhanced by the success Bruno Guimaraes has enjoyed since joining the club in January.
The Brazil international midfielder has been a revelation since arriving at the Premier League club following his £35million move from Lyon and enhanced his burgeoning reputation with another outstanding display in last night’s 2-0 win over Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta’s side, themselves, were linked with the 24-year-old earlier this season, but passed up the opportunity to sign the creative midfielder and were given a taste of what they missed out on at St James’ Park.
Bruno was a constant thorn in Arsenal’s side and put the seal on an impressive victory with the game clinching goal in the closing stages to rub salt into the Gunners’ gaping wounds.
‘Bruno Guimaraes, what a signing he has been,’ Shearer told Premier League Productions after Newcastle ended their home season on a major high.
‘The fans adore him they love his passion, they love his ability. They also love that he understands the area, he gets the area and what it’s about.
‘He’s made a magnificent start to his Newcastle career and he’s got the crowd right behind him and righlty so.
‘He’s only going to get better. His ability will be able to attract better players because when they see the likes of him going there and Trippier going there they will think there’s something going on at Newcastle and it’s because of players like him trusting what the owners have told him, what the manager has told him and long may that continue.’
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe, meanwhile, praised the team effort which yielded his side’s most impressive result of a season which looked destined to boil down to a relegation scrap prior to his appointment.
He said: ‘It was a brilliant all-round performance. We played with intensity and never let up. We approached the game in a brilliant manner and we did the Premier League proud tonight.
‘The one thing missing from us was that we hadn’t beaten a top-six team – and we deservedly beat them.
‘We wanted to press Arsenal and not let them settle into a rhythm but also for the first time in recent performances we saw a team that could have the ball comfortably and be creative. Arsenal competed well and fought well but they left spaces for us and we exploited them.’
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