'Quality': Alan Shearer suggests Eddie Howe has just pulled off a masterstroke at Newcastle
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has praised boss Eddie Howe for his man-management skills regarding Bruno Guimaraes.
Shearer was speaking on Optus Sport after the Magpies ran out 1-0 winners over Wolves at St James’ Park on Friday night.
Newcastle bounced back from their 5-1 loss at Tottenham with a crucial, hard-fought victory over the Molineux outfit.
The result put the Magpies 10 points clear of the Premier League bottom three at the end of the night.
Howe has worked wonders in transforming Newcastle from a seemingly Championship-bound side to one aiming for mid-table.
The January transfer window proved crucial as the Magpies bolstered their ranks considerably.
And Guimaraes was arguably the pick of the bunch, a real marquee signing for the St James’ Park outfit.
Howe resisted calls to throw the Brazilian in at the deep end, instead easing him into Premier League life.
Guimaraes had to patiently wait for his first start in black-and-white.
He duly marked the occasion with a superb goal in the away victory at Southampton.
Then, Guimaraes dropped down to the bench for last Sunday’s heavy defeat at Tottenham.
Nonetheless, the 24-year-old impressed when he came on, one of the few bright spots from that game.
“I understand why Eddie Howe has done what he’s done”
On Friday night, Howe named Guimaraes in the starting XI, albeit partly due to Joe Willock’s injury.
Speaking after the game, Shearer lauded what Howe has done with Guimaraes.
“(Eddie Howe) has (eased Guimaraes into the Premier League) really well,” the Toon legend said on Optus Sport.
“A lot of the fans have been shouting for him to be in the starting XI for a while, including myself, because when he has been on, he’s showed that little bit of quality.
“I understand why Eddie Howe has done what he’s done in terms of holding him back, letting him have a look from the sidelines, letting him get used to the pace of the game.
“He has travelled to international games which would have tired him out also. This was the perfect night to put him in.
“It doesn’t matter whether it was forced or not, he’s had to make the decision, he’s made it.
“It wasn’t a pretty team performance tonight but he was the one that added that little bit of quality in that midfield.”
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