Bigirimana could be given a chance to fill in for Cheick Tiote in the league, when Cheick serves his three match ban for being sent off on Sunday, but we think James Perch may get the nod on Sunday, because of his extra experience, and there’s always Vurnon Anita, who can also play in that position.
Cheick Tiote – in action against Norwich
We have a feeling that Gael will continue to play in the Europa league games, although he could well make some substitute appearances in the league while Cheick is away.
Gael has talked to the local press today and said Cheick calls him his son:
“Cheick calls me his son, but what kind of dad is he?” “Cheick is a crazy guy, but a great player and it is great playing with him. He is tough on the training pitch. We get on really well. Yohan Cabaye as well, they give me advice.”
“I have had a good impact.” “My aim is to rely on the manager’s decision. He is the boss and the one in control – I just need to put my trust in him, take each day as it comes and accept his decisions. There’s so many talented kids in the team and so to get a chance like the manager has given me, I don’t know how to thank him.”
“I am qualified to play for both Burundi and England and it is probably whoever asks me first. Burundi have asked me but the country is not stable so it is not safe to go back there really.” “We left Burundi for a better education for me and my family. That is what my parents thought, but God had a better idea for me!”
We’d be very surprised if Bigirimana isn’t selected at some point this season for the England U21 side, and apparently he is being closely watched by the selectors.
Maybe there will be some at St. James’ Park tonight, as we expect Gael to start this game in the middle of the park with Cheick Tiote – the crazy man.
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