West Ham United’s Lucas Paqueta has taken to Instagram to tell Bruno Guimaraes to “play hard mate” after his Newcastle United side beat Aston Villa 5-1 at St James’ Park on Saturday.
It was an impressive and reckless start for Eddie Howe’s side to the 2023/24 Premier League season as they beat the Aston Villa side who were expected to do great things that season under Unai Emery and trumped.
Newcastle led 2-1 at the break after an action-packed first half that also included Tyrone Mings with a horrible injury, but the second period was one-way traffic.
Bruno Guimaraes was at the heart of the action as he kept Villa’s midfield and defense from falling to the ball.
Although some are wondering if the Magpies can repeat their performances from last season, for all doubters, this Matchday 1 win is a sign of their genuine intention that they are going nowhere.
After the game, Guimaraes took the lead Instagram to express his delight at the win, with the energetic midfielder receiving praise in the comments section of his post, including from Lucas Paqueta.
“First game and first win!!” said Guimaraes. “I am very happy about the good start.”
Guimaraes is an underrated character
Joelinton has made incredible progress under Howe and Sandro Tonali made a memorable debut, but the key player in Newcastle’s midfield is Guimaraes.
Some might argue that he is an underrated figure because when it comes to some of the country’s best midfielders, his name deserves a mention.
They have signed a number of quality players under the Saudi Arabian ownership of Newcastle and Guimaraes is likely to be the best of them all.
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