Gael Bigirimana believes the bad times he went through at Coventry City, are now standing him in good stead at Newcastle, and Gael is flying high as a Magpie in the Europa League, after being in the Coventry side that was relegated from the Championship last May.
Gael Bigirimana – already looks a good player in the Newcastle shirt
Newcastle signed Gael in the summer for around £1M and he looks a bargain buy, and likely to become a top player for Newcastle in the not too distant future.
And the 18 year-old has said that the bad times he had to endure at Coventry City last season as a footballer, have made him that much stronger:
“When you go through bad times that is when your character gets stronger.” “As a person you become stronger mentally.” “To be here is like it was written.” “What happened last year makes me ready for the tough challenges ahead.”
Bigirimana joined Coventry as a 12 year-old and he appeared in 28 games for the Sky Blues, but he has made an immediate impact since he moved to Newcastle, and is now regularly included in the match-day 18 in the Premier League, and starts in the Europa league.
But he doesn’t forget just how much the Coventry club has helped him:
“Everybody at Coventry helped me. They are all like my family at Coventry.” “It is my home and where I grew up. It made me the person I am today.”
We knew that Bigi looks at the Newcastle manager as a father figure, and has said he will do anything Alan asks of him in football, such is his respect for Alan’s knowledge of the game, and the Londoner’s ability to get the best out of players, both young and old, at Newcastle.
Of course it was Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr who spotted the lad, who else, and quickly saw in him the ability for Bigi to play at the highest levels of football in the future – hopefully in the black and white shirt of Newcastle United.
And Gael has only words of praise for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew:
“He encourages me all of the time. That is important because this is the highest level.”
We think Gael Bigirimana can quickly became a top player at Newcastle, and it will be interesting to see how far he can come in his first season on Tyneside, but we’d be very surprised if hasn’t had a call-up by the England U21 side, by the end of his first season on Tyneside.
For the record, Gael has appeared in 9 game so far this season for the Magpies, and he will turn 19 a week on Monday.
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