'I'm a fan': Joelinton claims his 25-year-old Newcastle teammate should be starting at the World Cup
Newcastle United’s first team are currently in Saudi Arabia getting ready for the resumption of the Premier League.
Eddie Howe will be putting the squad through their paces as they look to continue their brilliant start to the season.
Twelve months ago, Newcastle were languishing at the bottom of the Premier League, and relegation looked like a real possibility.
However, they’ve experienced a complete turnaround in this campaign, and are now dreaming of a European adventure.
Despite the hot weather, training under Howe in Saudi Arabia may not be particularly pleasant.
Sven Botman has admitted that the Newcastle gaffer is constantly shouting at players during training.
Besides training, Joelinton was also asked about the ongoing World Cup.
All five of Newcastle’s representatives are still in Qatar, with everyone but Fabian Schar already in the quarter-finals.
Joelinton has now said that teammate Bruno Guimaraes should be starting for Brazil at the World Cup.
He’s obviously a big fan of his fellow countryman, who he’s now backing to bring the trophy home for the Selecao.
Guimaraes should be starting at the World Cup – Joelinton
Speaking to Newcastle’s YouTube channel about Guimaraes, Joelinton said: “I’m very happy for him to make his debut. The first game, he made the difference for us [Brazil].
“For me especially, I’m a fan! In the two games he played, he played very well.
“I hope he gets more chances to come in, and show the world how good he is.
“I hope he’ll win the title for Brazil!
“Before every game, I talk to him a bit and wish him the best of luck.
“He’s very happy, very positive and the vibe there, the togetherness is very good.”
The 25-year-old has twice been used as a substitute by manager Tite, and received some mixed reviews for his most recent performance.
Brazil are one of the favourites to win the World Cup, and although Guimaraes hasn’t been starting, he could come home with a winner’s medal.
His club form has been extraordinary, and Howe will be hoping he can continue where he left off on his return.
Guimaraes could lead Newcastle back into Europe this season, and cement his hero status at St. James’ Park.