Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has been voted the best away player outside the Premier League’s ‘big six’ by fans.
The tireless Brazilian midfielder, who has been nothing short of a revelation since his much-anticipated £40m move from Lyon in January, is one of Europe’s most in-form players at the moment.
To put it into perspective, Newcastle’s win rate drops from 58 per cent to 21 per cent when the 24-year-old misses.
And on an individual basis, Guimaraes is in the top 20 percentile in 12 of the 20 key statistics ranked by the FBREF football database.
The fact that he’s currently in the top 2 percent for tackles [3.49 per 90 minutes] it says everything you need to know.
The Brazilian has become a fan favorite among Toon fans after helping the club to fourth in the league, but many others are starting to wake up to his brilliance. Take this recent poll for example.
When we posed the question ‘Who is the best player outside the Premier League’s top six’ to our Twitter followers on Friday night, the name Bruno Guimaraes was trending.
For many, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are currently seen as the ‘big six’ in England’s top flight.
After an hour, we decided to create a poll of four people based on the most popular answers. Leicester midfielder James Maddison appeared alongside West Ham captain Declan Rice and Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha.
A total of 12,490 people voted in the poll and Guimaraes will come out on top with 43.2 percent of the vote.
Based on the responses, the four candidates are:
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As well as the creative outlet and engine room at Eddie Howe’s Newcastle side, the midfielder has the heart of a lion.
Last month, he produced one of his best performances of the season against Spurs after two days without sleep.
An exhausted Guimaraes gave an insight into his week by posting a photo of his new son, Mateo.
“This one’s for you guys,” he tweeted. “Two days without sleep could be at home but I always wanted to be here with you! Thanks for the support and a kiss from Matteo to you!! He’s the Brazilian Geordie.”
After the tweet was posted, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe spoke to the media about Bruno’s commitment.
“He got so quiet from me,” she smiled. “I knew for one night but not for two! It wouldn’t change my decision as he is so central to what we do. He has given his heart and soul to the club. It was one of his best performances.”
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