Bigirimana Can Become A Newcastle Regular – And Soon Too

Gael Bigirimana had a very good game for Newcastle on Sunday in a very important position, as defensive midfielder, and Alan Pardew today had sang the praised of the former Coventry City player, and said Gael got better as the game went on.

Gael Bigirimana – excellent game on Sunday

And surely this is the sign of a player who is ready for the Premier League, and every time we’ve seen Gael play, including in pre-season, he’s looked a great player in the making – and he cost only £1M!

This is what Alan Pardew said in the local press today:

“It was a tough game to come into.” “He came in at a time when we weren’t playing well.” “That is difficult for a young player.” “I hummed and harred (is that a word?) about sticking him on if I am honest. But he was terrific.”

“He grew into the game and got better as it went on. It is another plus for me. He’s been absolutely terrific.”

It’s always difficult for managers to play the youngsters in important games, because they are still learning and tend to make mistakes – as we saw James Tavernier do for the Atromitos goal away from home – but James will learn from that, but mistakes do tend to cost the team until the youngsters gain that necessary experience.

Bigirimana has shown he has a great temperament,  and was not at all phased when he came on against Aston Villa, in what was a very important game for Newcastle, and the 18 year-old not only got the job done on Sunday, but he was one of Newcastle’s best players.

And we’ve said this before –  we’re a little disappointed that the club didn’t bring more senior players in over the summer, but the four lads we did bring in – Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano, Curtis Good and Vurnon Anita – all look tremendous buys for Newcastle, and they cost only £8M.

The other youngster we think deserves a chance in the Premier League is Adam Campbell, and while the 17 year-old didn’t score in last night’s 5-1 thumping of Stoke City by our U21 side at the Britannia Stadium, reports say he was very impressive.

And we hope Alan Pardew will remember that if they’s good enough – they’re old enough.

Gael Bigirimana definitely is in that category, and we think this lad could be come a Newcastle great, if he keeps his head down and works hard.

For the record Gael has three appearances to date for Newcastle, and will have many more before next summer rolls around.

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17 comments so far

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Sep 4, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    I was well impressed with his performance. He looks like a real coup.

    he didn’t make that many mistakes, was in the right place at the right time, and could well have saved the game for us with his crucial block from bent’s shot.

  • NottsGeordie

    Sep 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #2


    i’ve thought about something like that. but come to the conclusion that it would never work. it only works in the nba and nfl because there are only 30 and 32 teams in the league and non from other countries. They’re the only leagues you could play in.

  • ToonIcon

    Sep 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Age shouldnt be a factor if you’re good enough you should be played regardless of age

  • New kingdom United

    Sep 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Bleed him in Tiote Anita Bigi …plays the same position????

  • jimmymagpie

    Sep 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Jawball – your theories are about to be put to the test. Everton next game, Liverpool not too far off, so let’s see if we beat them as Arsenal have just done. Arsenal look much better defensively this season, and we will have to improve enormously from anything we’ve produced so far. Cabaye will ahve to lose the pet lip because we didn’t sign his mate, and Pardew will have to drop his rigid adherence to 4-4-2, because it’s meking us look blo-dy sterile, and the front two don’t gel together in that system. Senegal realised that some time ago, and they’ve only scored one goal between them in the last 5 Premier League games. On the up side, I must say that I thought young Bigirimana was great on Sunday, and if it hadn’t been for his terrific block on Bent, we would probably have lost, and couldn’t have complained, as Pardew himself admitted. Also, thought Anita and Santon did well, but BOTH centre backs were beaten far too easily at times, and Capt Wonderful standing looking at the opponent heading in from 6 yards unmarked, yet again. Where is the big, dominant centre half that the manager says he’s been looking for for over a year now?

  • nobby sol

    Sep 4, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    sorry to change the subject but ive just randomly thought about the possibility of signing guissepe rossi in januray, hes out injured until march 2013 but at 25 year old and a proven international striker he could prove a worthy investment, especially with villareal being relegated his transfer fee would be at rock bottom, Id say it was worth a gamble, the lads been here before, fellow italian in santon already at the club, thoughts guys? reckon we could get him for 2-3 million? spanish clubs are desperate for cash as swansea proved this summer.

  • Phatoon

    Sep 4, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    @Notts Geordie

    I’ve said for years that the FA should set up it’s own youth academies around the country. That way kids wouldn’t have to move around (as much) at young ages.

    All club academies (which would be for ages 16+) would have a ranking. Then they can draft players in based on ranking order.

    That way teams get a fair share of players. Kids don’t get messed around as much. If the 99th “best” player ends up in league 1 and Man Utd want him. Then they will have to buy him from that club and that will help the “lesser” club out.

  • newcben

    Sep 4, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    We just need to stop playing 442 if we are to achieve what our squad is capable of.
    With our injuries……


    Or if we need to play a winger Marveux where Ba is and Ba up top, I stand by what I have said all through summer that Ba will be our main striker this year. Cisse is good don’t get me wrong but Ba’s all round game is so much better.

  • Widowmaker

    Sep 4, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9

    I thought Liverpool is actually better than the table suggests. They had a few decisions went against them. The result could had been very different on another day.

    Having said that, still think we have great chance against them.

  • Markaccus

    Sep 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Newcben, I like that team, except personally, I’d push jonas to where ba is, and play perch ant full back (right probably and santon left) as he should be back from his injury by the everton game. Ba and cisse rotated up front.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Jimmy, u cant say that u know!!!! We’ve needed a bg centre half for ages but if you say that MA didnt invest, the baby accountants on this site will come after you with their ledgers and profit and loss accounts!! Colo ball watches quite a bit and always has. Personally i think he’d make a phenomenal sweeper. And this is how it would set up:


    Taylor AN Other

    Anita Tiote Cabaye Santon

    Ben Arfa

    Cisse Ba

    What do you think chaps?

  • nufcusa

    Sep 4, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Munster mag…. I think the sweeper sulustem
    Is a little out dated. I watch teams try to adopt that model in High School trs all the time and it gets exposed.

    Our 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 is our best option i feel as it gives us enough quality to control midfield and enough numbers forward to hurt teams and posses in dangerous areas.

  • All_Newc

    Sep 4, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #13

    4-2-3-1 Good shape.Bar and Cisse shouldn’t play together.

  • terencelim

    Sep 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #14

    I have no problem to see him fight for starting 11 but he has to stop taking free kicks.

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #15

    NUFCUSA, i believe sweepers declined when defensive midfielders came along , the holding role etc…..But Colo could step out into this role, or Tiote step back. It releases creativing all over the pitch. I believe the two big men can play together, but they need more creative players closer to them, and this sytem allows Ben Arfa a central role, and will allow Cabaye to push forward, and both wing backs should have greater influence than full backs.

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Give Bigi a year or two to pack on some good muscle and he’ll be bossing it around midfield with the best of them.

  • Lowesy

    Sep 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #17

    R. Taylor S. Taylor Colo Santon
    Tiote Cabaye Anita
    Ben Arfa Cisse Ba

    when all fit! Cisse and Ba can play together, just need to revert back to their old system of Ba on the left, either that or they try a 4-4-2 system but that means Ben Arfa is stifled. Ba and Cisse should be allowed to switch but if we’re playing with Cisse on the left, we aren’t getting his ability to shoot anywhere around the box and 90% of the time it’s on target, that’s just how he plays and is his strength! where as Ba plays differently, relying on timing and power. would be great to get them back to last season, Ba pre-xmas and Cisse post-xmas! together they’d be unstoppable. Would like to see Vuckic, Fergie and Bigirimana getting game time as well!


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