Gael Bigirimana arrived in England as a 10-year-old refugee with his mother from Burundi in 2004, and he joined Coventry City a year later, and in the summer Newcastle seem to have made a fantastic signing, when he signed on for the Magpies for £1M – he’s looked terrific so far in a black and white shirt – and the lad’s still only 18.
Gael Bigirimana – fantastic signing for Newcastle at just £1M
We assume this is another player that Chief Scout Graham Carr has tracked and help sign, and Graham is worth so much to Newcastle – and it’s good we’ve signed him up for the next eight years.
And it would be good to have another interview with Graham soon, because he’s always so interesting and it’s good to get his perspective on players and how Alan Pardew is building up Newcastle.
We are already big fans of Bigirimana, who will most likely start on the bench tomorrow night at Old Trafford, and we don’t expect this lad to be over-awed by the magnificent stadium if he gets some playing time.
This is what Gael said in the local press today:
“I just keep saying it’s been a dream because it’s been ridiculous the way things have gone – in a good way – playing as many games as I have.”
“Thanks to the manager, he has put his trust in me, and the staff and the players, and I have just got to trust in the manager for the decisions he makes.”
“He knows what’s best for me because he has already given me the chance to play the games I didn’t think I would play, so I have just got to trust him and keep working hard.”
“When we heard that we were drawn with Manchester United, it was a really good draw. The club is just massive and the stadium is like a dream for every kid, so I just hope the manager will bring me on or start me.”
“If I come on for five minutes, it will be a dream come true (note: Alan Pardew – please take note) – even to just play five minutes, 10 minutes at that stadium.” “The club is just massive and the stadium is like a dream for every kid, so I just hope the manager will bring me on or start me.”
“I have learned that by working hard, you get your rewards. I have seen all the top players at the club, in training it’s always as if their life depends on it.” “That just shows me that for me to be where they are, every day I have got to work hard because the talent is there.”
“As a kid, every footballer, you have your talent, but it’s how your mentality goes, so I have learned to have a strong mentality and just to keep working harder and harder.”
It could be that Cheick Tiote starts the game tomorrow night in defensive midfield, so perhaps the 18 year-old will come on as a substitute in the second half, but when he replaced Tiote in pre-season, Newcastle kept playing well without a hitch – so that shows how good a player Gael already is.
Manager Alan Pardew had this to say about the youngster:
“Obviously, I am moulding him very much around Cheick and saying, ‘Learn as much as you can’.” “He is 18, Bigi, and he has got the best years, obviously, ahead of him. He couldn’t learn from a better player than Cheick Tiote – and if he gets anywhere near him, we will be absolutely delighted.”
And it seems like a lot of his family will be traveling to Old Trafford tomorrow night for the Capital One Cup tie, and they must be delighted with the start Gael has made in his Newcastle career, and must be so proud of him.
We certainly are – and it looks like he could become a great player for Newcastle United down the road a little bit – he’s that good already.
Howay The Lads!!
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