Sheffield United star Vinicius Souza knows he faces a “tough game” against fellow Brazilian Bruno Guimaraes when the Premier League newcomers host Newcastle United on Saturday.
How well Eddie Howe’s relatively small squad copes with a fixture list now packed with many midweek fixtures could be seen this weekend when Newcastle United head to Bramall Lane in their first post-Champions League game in two decades.
Souza, who has impressed since arriving at Sheffield United in the summer, will be praying for Bruno Guimaraes to tire. The Newcastle pacer played the full 90 minutes against AC Milan in midweek.
The former Espanyol enforcer will at least avoid a clash with Joelinton as Eddie Howe confirms the Brazil international – described by Souza as a “very, very good player” – will miss South Yorkshire again (The Chronicle).
Newcastle face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane
“I have to keep my focus on Sheffield United,” says Souza Sky Sports. “Before the games, the analysts always show me what I have to do or what my opponent will do. And Bruno obviously plays in the same position as me,” he says and smiles again.
“Sometimes they say; “Vini, you have to do it like Bruno!” I say; ‘Ok I’ll try it!’
“But he is a great player. He had an incredible season last year and now he’s even better for me.”
“Amazing” Bruno Guimaraes
Don’t be surprised if Paul Heckingbottom opts for man-marking tactics when Newcastle arrive and Souza follows Bruno Guimaraes around the pitch like a particularly clingy shadow. During his time at Lommel, Souza averaged the most successful tackles per game in the Belgian top flight and finished second in the standings despite Espanyol being relegated from La Liga in 2022/23 (Who scored).
Sheffield United have also improved significantly in recent weeks, earning a deserved draw against Everton before holding off Tottenham Hotspur until the 98th minuteTh minute in north London.
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