After seeing Bruno Guimarães snatch a thrilling victory over Leicester, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe revealed he didn’t sign him to score goals.
Guimarães equalized Ademola Lookman’s opener with his second goal for the club, then sealed a 2-1 victory in the fifth minute of stoppage time with his third goal to lift the Magpies 12 points clear of the relegation zone.
Howe said: “Goals weren’t necessarily one of the areas where we felt he would enhance us as a team, but he has, he’s scored some key goals for us.
“I’m really, really pleased with him today. I thought he was magnificent in every aspect, especially out of possession because we struggled to get control of the ball today for any large periods of the game, so our defensive shape had to be very good and in part due to our three midfielders in there, it was very good.”
“He’s an incredibly passionate individual – I love that about him.
“He cares deeply whether we win or whether we lose and again, I love that about him because you need players that wear their heart on their sleeve and are prepared to give you everything on the pitch.