Not only did we lose a close game at Manchester United on Wednesday and now have lost seven of our last nine league games, but we have lost another two players from the game – with Vurnon Anita being carried of on a stretcher and mike Williamson picking up his fifth yellow card and therefore will miss the game at Arsenal on Saturday.
Gael Bigirimana – played well yesterday
But one bright spot that has gone a little unnoticed, was the good play of 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana, who played for 65 minutes before being replaced by Gabby Obertan and he looked a good player in the white-hot atmosphere of Old Trafford.
Alan Pardew talked about the former Coventry City central midfielder:
“He’ll get a lot of experience from that. I’m not sure where we were when he came off – he gave a good account of himself.” “He’ll learn from that. He did some really good things.”
Gael has done well since he joined us for £1M from Coventry City in the summer, and he has already played 17 times for Newcastle with one terrific goal, and he could see more action at the Emirates on Saturday.
And Vurnon Anita has also come good after joining us in the summer from Ajax, and Vurnon has played 22 times for Newcastle with one great goal, so that both players brought in during the summer seem to have been excellent acquisitions – but we just didn’t bring in enough players to mount a challenge in Europe, as well as in the Premier League.
We are now paying dearly for that oversight by the Newcastle Board.
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