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?