One of the new arrivals who has really impressed us since coming to Newcastle in the summer, is 18 year-old former Coventry midfielder Gael Bigirimana, and he had an excellent game last week in Athens, although a certain Ryan Taylor was our Man of the Match with a terrific performance and a great goal.
Gael Bigirimana – enjoying life at Newcastle
Cheick Tiote is till injured and will not play tonight, and could even miss the game on Sunday against Aston Villa, so Alan Pardew may play new boys Vurnon Anita and Gael Bigirimana in Newcastle’s central midfield, as he did last week in Athens.
Bigirimana arrived from Coventry City this summer for £1M at most, and he already looks a bargain buy, and now we understand why Coventry City fans thought the fee was ridiculously low - they’re right.
This is what Bigirama told the local press today:
“Vurnon played a great game, and I am just learning from all these players.” “Cheick and Yohan Cabaye are very good friends – just like brothers – and they are helping me here” “They are good people and I am learning every day.”
“You take things one step at a time, and in this football life, if you work hard, you will earn your rewards.” “Playing in the first leg was a good experience for the team.” “Hopefully, I will be involved in the second leg.”
“I am just here to decrease my mistakes and make sure the manager can have confidence in me.”
We can see Bigirimana being a first team player in one or two years time, and he has already put in some very good performance for the first team in pre-season.
But as he says, he’s got his feet firmly on the ground and listening closely to what the Newcastle coaches and his mentors Cheick and Yohan are telling him.
He seems to be learning every day, and his attitude is simply first class, and surely this lad is going to be a big player for Newcastle in the future.
What do you think?
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