It seems that the french players are not only good players and very professional, but they are also well liked by the rest of the squad, and certainly the team spirit at Newcastle right now is the best it’s been for a long while, with the team playing brilliantly on Saturday to come back from 2-1 down in the second half to win the game.
Gael Bigirimana – this lad is always smiling
Gael Bigirimana is one of the best young talents we have at Newcastle, and he’s not even French, and he been delighted that Newcastle were able to bring in five top Frenchmen in January – and Newcastle certainly had the best transfer window of any club in England last month, and look a good bet to pull away from the relegation zone.
This is what Bigi said about the French players at the club:
“It’s been great and I’m just so happy for the club, the gaffer and the staff that they’ve brought in all of the new players.” “Many people have been saying that something might go wrong in the changing room, they won’t gel and that there will be problems having so many Frenchmen in the team.”
“But the gaffer’s done well, he’s sorted everything out and it has made the team so much stronger.” “The squad looks very strong and the atmosphere is even better than it was before the French players even came to the club. You can see that on the pitch. The desire is there not to give up.
“You’re 2-1 down against the European champions and you think we’d probably say ‘That’s it, we’re having one of those seasons’ but we didn’t give up. To get that 3-2 result is amazing.” “I am so happy they are here. They have good character and a good sense of humour.”
“It is isn’t just like they can’t say anything to us – they say ‘hi’ in English and we have Cabaye, Obertan and Marveaux who are making sure everyone is involved.” “We are just making them feel welcome – they are great guys. Yoan Gouffran is a funny guy, he has a great sense of humor and Sissoko is the same. We love them already.”
You just have to look at the picture below of Steven Taylor and Mathieu Debuchy at the final whistle on Saturday, after we had beaten Chelsea 3-2, to get the sense of togetherness there is at Newcastle – and who knows – our away strip next season may be a nice looking French Blue.
It all sounds very good to us.
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