Bruno Guimaraes admits he’d ‘prefer’ to play higher up the pitch to help Newcastle break teams down… as he reveals Eddie Howe’s side are ‘disappointed’ with their lack of goals and points tally this season

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  • Bruno Guimaraes has played largely as a holding midfielder this season.
  • He played above the pitch in the last stint and scored five goals
  • He has revealed that he would love to play a more advanced role again
  • Newcastle have scored eight points from their seven matches this season
  • Bruno admits he’s ‘disappointed’ with so many points falling
  • He has admitted that the team is struggling to break through to its opponents.

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Bruno Guimaraes has revealed he would love to play in a more advanced role, having scored five goals during his stellar introduction to the Premier League, admitting that Newcastle are struggling to break through to opponents this season.

The Brazilian – a £36million arrival in January from Lyon – was a revelation as Eddie Howe’s side recorded top-four form between the new year and May to break out of the relegation zone.

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They have lost only once in this campaign – in the 98th minute at Liverpool – but recent home draws against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth have been a point of disappointment for the head coach, his players and supporters.

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Bruno Guimaraes has said he would love to play on a higher pitch for Newcastle

Bruno is playing a deeper role in this stint due to Jonzo Shelve's injury

Bruno is playing a deeper role in this stint due to Jonzo Shelve’s injury

Bruno has been used to a deep midfield position in the absence of the injured Jonjo Shelve this season, and has yet to score or assist.

It looks like the team will benefit from his presence on the field and, while the player is happy to comply with Howe’s wishes, it was revealing when he said: ‘I can play in both positions. I like to play number 8. No. 6 I can help the team move forward with the ball. I think Ghaffar has a choice, I can play in any position in the midfield. I have played more at number eight. But it is not a problem for me.’

At the start of Newcastle – they are 10th on the table with eight points from seven games – Bruno said: ‘We are disappointed with the start of the season (from a points perspective). We need to play better.

‘All teams will do that now (sit deep and let us down) and we need to make choices. We are disappointed because we were creating chances, we didn’t score. We lost two more points at home on Saturday. it is not possible.’

Eddie Howe's team has had five draws in the first seven matches of the season.

Eddie Howe’s team has had five draws in the first seven matches of the season.

Newcastle were hosted by Bournemouth on Saturday, and Bruno has said players are 'disappointed' with their points tally and lack of goals so far

Newcastle were hosted by Bournemouth on Saturday, and Bruno has said players are ‘disappointed’ with their points tally and lack of goals so far

Meanwhile, Bruno has revealed that his recent absence with a hamstring injury – he missed three games before returning at the weekend – went undetected after last month’s 3-3 draw with Manchester City was.

‘I got injured in the Man City game,’ he said. ‘Then I tried to play in the Tranmere game (three days later). I felt great when I needed to run. As for me, I felt like I was just tired and didn’t know I was even injured.

‘After the Tranmere game, I talked to the doctor and I wanted a scan. When we saw the scan, we thought it (the injury) was small, but it was big.

‘But I feel better now, I feel fine. It wasn’t my best game on Saturday, my first back injury since. I didn’t play for 20 days. Now I try to find my rhythm again.

Bruno will do the same with his national team with games against Ghana and Tunisia in France next week.

He said, ‘These are two big games, important games for us. ‘I have to ensure my place before the World Cup. Playing is my dream, now my passion. When I was a kid I always dreamed of this moment, and it is coming.’

Bruno is now trying to impress Brazil in the coming days to cement his place in his squad for the upcoming World Cup

Bruno is now trying to impress Brazil in the coming days to cement his place in his squad for the upcoming World Cup

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