We’ve noticed there’s pressure on players to even get on the bench these days, since our five Frenchmen arrived last month, but 19 year-old midfielder Gael Bigirimana has been a substitute in the last couple of games, and this lad has been another stellar signing for Newcastle, since we got him in last summer from Coventry City for just £1M last summer.
Gael Bigirimana – after scoring against Wigan
Owner Mike Ashley still takes a lot of criticism at the club, but there’s one thing he’s done well since arriving almost six years ago, and that’s to build up the scouting system and hire Chief Scout Graham Carr, and Newcastle are becoming the envy of the football world with so many great signings the club have made over the last two or three years – for peanuts.
And whenever we’ve seen Bigi on the videos from the training facilities at Benton – like when all the Frenchmen arrived the week before last – he’s always smiling and the youngster has just a wonderful temperament, but he”s also very determined to become a first team starter just as soon as possible.
This is what Bigi he said in the Newcastle Journal today:
“As a swimmer you don’t know how to swim if they don’t put you in at the deep end. That’s what’s happened this year.” “I haven’t played in the Premier League before but the gaffer has put me in this season and I am so grateful to him.”
“It is not enough for me to dwell on playing some games, I want to be part of it as soon as possible. For me, this season has been a test for me as a character because at times, I have thought ‘Here we go again’. I was relegated with Coventry and I know how terrible it is.”
“We have had to stick at it which is what we’ve done and now it feels like it is turning around.” “I have just got to keep working hard to show the gaffer that there is another option there. For me it’s been a great season because I’ve been involved in the Premier League – but now it’s even better because it’s about the team.””
For the record Gael Bigirimana has appeared 22 times for Newcastle this season with one terrific goal against Wigan.
Take a look at that goal.
This lad could well become a big star for Newcastle - and he’s not even French.
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