Gael Bigirimana once again put in a good performance in Newcastle colors tonight, when he made his Newcastle debut in a competitive game, and again looked a very accomplished player for one still only 18 years old, and it’s not an overstatement to say this lad could even be challenging for a starting position by the end of this season, if he keeps up his rapid progress on Tyneside.
Gael Bigirimana in action tonight – he looked good
Gael did himself no harm at all with his performances in pre-season, and he carried on with the same good form tonight, as he continues to learn the game from the players around him, and he’s already looking like a bargain buy for £1M.
Gael has come on a ton in the last year, and even since he arrived at Newcastle in the summer, but this lad still has his feet firmly on the ground, and already looks like a potentially great future player for Newcastle.
This is what he said on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game:
“It feels really good,” ”The performance of the boys was good, it was a great game, a great debut and it is a joy.” “It was difficult conditions, with the heat and the pitch, but we are going to have to get used to these sort of places in Europe.”
“It’s a great experience for us to play on different pitches and in different conditions.” “I never could have dreamed that this would be happening so quickly for me. As I always say, I just thank God for blessing me with all these opportunities and I’m just so grateful to be a part of this adventure.”
“We now go back to our stadium and the game is in our hands. We need to get a good result and we are full of confidence that we can do that.” “They are a good side but I thought we just looked a bit sharper all over the pitch tonight and hopefully we can make that count in the second leg.”
“I made a couple of mistakes in the game but I’m still learning, I’m learning every day.” “Having someone like Vurnon alongside me was great. Everyone can see his class and I know I can learn a lot from players like him.”
“He’s a top, top player and I will get better by training with these guys and playing alongside them. Hopefully I can continue to improve.”
There’s no doubt the lad is still learning and he will make mistakes, but that’s how youngsters improve their game, and by all accounts he’s getting some great advice for players like Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, who have both taken him under their wing.
Gael is another fabulous acquisition for Newcastle United, and he seems a smashing lad too.
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