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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