Newcastle new boy 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana, who was signed from Coventry City in the summer for just £1M, will probably get a start tonight against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.
Newcastle new boy Gael Bigirimana in training
And the teenager seems to be learning very quickly from Newcatsle’s two starting central midfielders – Ivory Coast International Cheick Tiote, who had an excellent game at Den Haag on Saturday, and Yohan Cabaye, who of course starred for France in the recently completed Euro 2012 tournament.
They’re both top players to learn from, and they both seem to be helping the youngster big time in training.
The 18-year-old has talked to the Hartlepool Mail today:
“I’m improving every day training alongside Cheick Tiote and Cabaye,” “Yohan has already helped me and given me advice. He’s encouraging me and telling me to improve my game.”
“That just shows I’m at the right place with good people around me. I’m really grateful for that.” “The manager says he’ll give everyone a chance.” “If you impress him, and really work hard, he doesn’t care how old you are.”
“You’ll play if you’re ready.” “Myself and all the boys should just work hard and concentrate.”
Of all the Newcastle youngsters who have been on display in pre-season, this lad has surprised us the most, and he already seems a very good player at just 18 years old.
And with experienced international stars like Cabaye and Tiote willing to take the lad under their wing, Gael could improve very quickly in the coming season, and certainly he has looked very solid when he has played for the Newcastle first team so far this summer.
Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye cost Newcastle about £8M in total, which seems unbelievable, and they are fast becoming two of Newcastle’s best ever buys, and they have become big big players in their short time at St. James’ Park.
If Bigirimana is as good as we think he is, he will be another tremendous buy for the club, and he could even be pushing the two Newcastle star players for a first team place late in the season.
As outlandish as that seems, the youngster has looked so good in Newcastle’s colors since coming on board, he could soon become a big big star at Newcastle.
We think he will.
What do you think?