New Young Magpie – It’s A Privilege to Be At Newcastle


When it was put out a few months ago that Newcastle were interested in 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana, we found out what a smashing lad the young Coventry player seemed to be, and we have not been disappointed, since he joined Newcastle.

Gael Bigirimana – privileged to be at Newcastle

And the 18 year-old has looked good in the Newcastle first team for one so young, and when he has come on to replace top Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote, Newcastle seem not to have missed a beat, and that says a lot about this lad’s great potential longer term.

Gael has talked today to BBC Newcastle today, about how shocked he was when he learned that it was Newcastle United who were the club  interested in him.

This is what he told BBC Newcastle today:

“When I found out it was me they were interested in, it was a surprise.” “I’m just privileged to be here at Newcastle and grateful to the club.”

“I respect Coventry, but joining Newcastle is something that fits in with the journey.” “Coventry is like my family – the club, the city, one big family. It has a special place in my heart.”

It’s very good that Gael still appreciates what Coventry did for him, because it seems like it was an awful lot  at a very important time for him and his family, and it’s quite obvious from Gael’s words above, that he will always appreciate that, and Coventry can take great credit for what they did for the youngster.

Bigirimana was born in Burundi, and he arrived in England with his family eight years ago, when he was just 10, and after a brief trial, he was taken into the Coventry Youth Academy, and it looks like he’s never looked back since then.

We only hope that he can fulfill his great potential at Newcastle, but from what we’ve seen of this lad so far,  his potential seems enormous.

And Newcastle may not have made much progress in our transfer business for senior players so far this summer, but Gael, Romain Amalfitano and Curtis Good all look to be excellent acquisitions for the Tyneside club.

What do you think?

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248 comments so far

  • carlton nufc

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #2

    I can see this being a start of something special brigi abeid

    Vuckic

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  • Shane

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Bigi will shine in the toon! Great young talent. Love our youngsters, so exciting!

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  • Papiss_Myself

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Totally agree with Ed here.

    3 brilliant signings.

    The future is looking bright for the Toon.

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  • Les Grossman

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Just throwing one out there.
    Is that shanka Colon W.arse still on twitter these days? is he still throwing the sh!te at the wall? and can anyone enlighten me of his ITK predictions so far? I need a good giggle

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  • bambams

    Jul 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s great bringing youngsters into the team when we are doing well, we need to bring in the specialist players who can improve the squad and prevent a poor start to the season.

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  • bambams

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #7

    Last season we got off to a great start, we need to have just as good a start if we are to finish in a European place again. We are down on squad players, we need them to cover injuries. Debuchy and Douglas are musts

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #8

    @nufc786 did you see the brown ale sponsored shirt too? 🙂

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #9

    @nufc786 did you see the brown ale sponsored shirt too?

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  • Les Grossman

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Nufcwill1986

    YES
    Nufcwill1986

    YES

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  • Beardo Ameobi

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #11

    4/5 years from now:

    ____________Krul____________
    Tavernier_Streete_Saylor_Santon
    _______Bigi_Abeid_Ferguson
    _____Campbell___Vuckic
    ____________Sammy

    Nice thought eh?

    It’s critical that injuries are minimsed at this stage in the youngster’s careers. Even on the training field they’ll pick up so much, learning from the likes of Colo, Cabaye, Cisse and HBA.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Abeid’s probably technically better than Cabaye and Tiote. Itid be madness to get rid of him. I wouldn’t accept anything less than £25m for him.

    I’m sure he’ll bring into the starting 11 this season. Too be honest, there’s not much difference between Abeid and Cabaye.

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  • Beardo Ameobi

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #13

    I refuse to rise to it.

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  • Les Grossman

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Ketsbaia9
    Abeid better than Cabaye?
    And WHAT exactly are you basing this synopsis upon?

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Ball technique/Calmness in possession.

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  • Les Grossman

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Ketsbaia9
    OK!!
    He did play well the 15 MINUTES he came on against FENERBACE in a pre season FRIENDLY, i suppose.

    Thought Cabaye was conspicuous by his absence in the EURO Champs, and Tiote had a terrible season last season ….ahem!

    Now my friedn a pleasant request, please take a huge step back and f11ck your own face !! several times!

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry but what is wrong with you kets?

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  • JackButler

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #18

    Bigi is something special, our development squad will set us up for years to come 🙂

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Les grossman

    Love it!

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  • q8igeordie

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Kets …. hahahaha .. stop it please

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  • JackButler

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Abeid is better than Cabaye the same way that Shola is better then Messi 😉

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Don’t forget the milk cup final is on sky channel 972 (bbc 2 Northern Ireland) or someone else said it’s on the BBC one red button.

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  • Les Grossman

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Toonboy
    WUM alert.
    Just humour him…….these mackems tend to disappear under a sunbaked turd, when you dont give them the credit they dont deserve!

    Aint that right Ketsy pal

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Can we get a picture of kets on the banner ed?

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  • JackButler

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Spuggy – your right it’s on channel 972 at 7:00

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  • Les Grossman

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Bare in mind that Ketsbaia 9 favourite player is a player named Clattermole who hasnt kicked a footbal in his life!

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Bloody ‘ell ketsbaia…..have a day off lad! Admittedly abeid has potential but he’s nowhere near cabayes level atm! If abeid reaches cabayes level ever during his career he’ll have done well!

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  • Les Grossman

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Toonboy,
    Kets on the banner? Please NO
    The huge cock protruding out of his head would cover our stars up!

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  • q8igeordie

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Sammy is better then cisse 😉

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  • q8igeordie

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Right kets?? 🙂

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #31

    @ les

    He isn’t your typical WUM though. He just keeps spouting this crap all day every day. He must have a mental problem. Either that or he is very persistent. Or he’s just a Prick!

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  • ToonAndy

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Toonboy84 …. That’s actually a really good idea!… Get a different fan on the banner inbetween the players…

    We’ll start with the person who knows the most about football so Kets… Email a pic of you in your toon top to Ed!

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  • JackButler

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #33

    I see that rumours are circulating that young Adam Campbell is attracting the attentions of both Manchester club’s.

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  • q8igeordie

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #34

    Did we sign good?? Have i missed something

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Where has he gone? Spouts his sh*te, then fooks off and leaves us to talk about what a tool he is.

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  • Les Grossman

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #36

    Toonboy
    I have actually began beating myself across the head with a feather duster!!
    Punishing myself for giving him the attention that his mummy never ever gave him!!
    Or his dad…….if he knew which one it was………;-)

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  • JackButler

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Think the Good deal was done yesterday after he received international clearance with his work permit

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Bigi will be a young player that gets into the first team at the right age.He won’t have to wait like others until he’s 21 or so.
    Abeid is also one that’s gonna be there or there about along with Vukcic i reckon

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  • magpiebop

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Chill folks. Thanks to folks for the Milk Cup Final link. Can’t wait to see our youths tonight.

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  • Spuggy

    Jul 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #40

    ED – it’s worth putting the BBC news for the milk cup final as an article so peeps don’t miss out. Keep up the excellent work!

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