While Newcastle seem to be struggling this summer to bring in the three senior players they need to bolster the squad for the upcoming season, which will include European competition for the first time in six years, the same cannot be said for the youngsters the club have already brought in this summer.
Gael Bigirimana – has already impressed on Tyneside
22 year-old Romain Amalfitano and Gael Bigirimana again had outstanding games last night at Hartlepool United, in the Magpies 5-1 win, in a game the Magpies completely dominated from start to finish.
Romain was a free agent from Rennes and Bigirimana cost anywhere from £500K to £1M, but if there are add-on clauses in the deal for performance, he’ll cost the full £1M.
Australian Curtis Good, who is just 19, has also just arrived from Melbourne Heart for the princely sum of £400K, and he already comes very highly rated, and was capped for Australia at the U20 level earlier this summer.
All three had a part to play in the game last night, as Curtis had his first taste of first team football, coming on to play the last 15 minutes or so.
After the game last night Alan Pardew was full of praise for “Bigi” who was signed form Coventry City over the summer – this is what Alan said:
“Bigi has done really well. He has impressed us. He has come in from Coventry with a season of first-team football under his belt at 18. He is exactly the type of player we should be bringing to Newcastle United.”
“And he will get better here – 100%. Oh, and he gets Bigi as a nickname being as he’s 5ft 4in!” “He has looked really fine in training with guys who are at a higher level than he’s been used to.”
“Bigi has looked really good and that’s great credit to him.”
Gael is actually 5’9″ tall, and he’s looked an excellent player already, and the lad doesn’t turn 19 until October.
All three players have a great chance to do well in the upcoming season, and we expect all three to take massive strides forward before next summer.
And it will be interesting to see how far they’ve progressed come next May, when hopefully Newcastle will again have qualified for European competition, and we will have done very well in the Premier League.