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Young Newcastle Star – We Love The French Guys

9:53 am, Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

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 smiling

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.

steven taylor - mathieu debuchy after chelsea win

It all sounds very good to us.

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Tags: Gael Bigirimana · Mathieu Debuchy · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor





21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 hotdog // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Blaydon – http://www.toffs.com/Newcastle_France-Le-Toon-Retro-Football-Shirt/productinfo/1536/

  • 2 Tsunki // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Mr Tuff – ‘Novum Castrum super Tynum.’

    Fantastic. Feels like super needs a capital ‘S’ don’t you think :)

    Troy – hopefully I am not one of those trying to rattle your bars – yet ha ha

  • 3 rainrix // Feb 6, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Inmans doing well by the way scored 2 goals against coventry in the Johnston paint trophy semi and has 6 goals in 10 appearances, looking good!

  • 4 Blaydon-Toon // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Taylor still looks a bit chunky here ! Has been great since his return and will get better once he is at his fighting weight :-)

  • 5 Blaydon-Toon // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Cheers hotdog did see that on last thread … Going to treat myself :-)

  • 6 Magpie Myles // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Re-post.

    The only reason I would take Carroll back would be to increase our Home Grown players as we need enough of them. But only for a max of 5-8 Mil.

    Not worth more than that now i’m afraid Andy boy.

    Just to add, PEA would be an awesome signing.

  • 7 croftus5678 // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    @3

    yep apparently his second goal was a great goal but i can not find footage of the game anywhere :-(

  • 8 TorqToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    My big shout for French star of the future is a young lad called Yannis Tafer.

    He is, an incredible talent. A very rough diamond, but I worked with him during a short stint he was on loan at Toulouse. He hasn’t been given a particularly fair shot of games at the moment, and now he is playing in the Swiss league for Lausanne-sport, he isn’t being developed properly, I feel. He has played for Lyon in the past, and as much as I hate comparisons, I can see many similarities between him and Karim Benzema. Just needs to be brought along better than he has done.

    Still very much under the radar, but if anybody should see Graham Carr knocking about – drop this lads name into the conversation.

  • 9 Tsunki // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I thinl saylor has been hitting the weights or pies but not sure which :|

  • 10 TorqToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Blaydon – We do need to shift some players on. I hope we keep hold of Amalfitano, as we haven’t seen anywhere near the best of him.

    But the likes of willo, ranger wil leave.

    And Sammi, abied, Tav and Good will thrive in loans next year.

  • 11 hotdog // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Blaydon – Yeah no probs bud, its my lads birthday on the 20th so be a good suprise :-) Hope your not reading this Kyle haha

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    There are plenty payers we can get to be our home grown options who are better and cheaper than carroll.

  • 13 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Radio Newcastle last night
    Had a hack on from Northern Echo who was sitting next to a French pressman who wanted to know what the song the Gallowgate end were singing about Sissoko as he was going to write it in his report.
    ‘You’ll never get past Sissoko’
    anyone know if it was written up

  • 14 Munster Mag // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Torq, thanks for the insight into that french guy. You should e mail the club!

  • 15 darrenfletcher88 // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Good words from the young lad,he will be learning so much with cabaye Anita titote (how to kick people) sissoko training along side him,expecting big things in the future from the boy.

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    How do you get a job as a football scout?

    Other than being a former player and getting in that way.

  • 17 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    West Ham and Liverpool will be scouting him now.

    I bet Big Sam reads the blog all the time. He was so popular …

  • 18 geordiesteve520 // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    That’s a great shout Torq – I saw him play at the Emirates cup about 4-5 years ago and he looked red hot, mentioned him a couple of times since but got dismissed as a nobody, glad someone is of the same frame of mind. Also that day there was another youngster on show called Lacazette (sp) who shone but I think he is now firmly embedded in the team.

  • 19 TorqToon // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Geordie Steve;

    Alexandre Lacazette??

    Again, a very good player. Pacey and can play either as a striker or on the wing. Firmly a fan favourite at Lyon and, as you rightly said, embedded in the fold.

    Chipped in with a couple of goals this season, but creates plenty of chances. Lyon have some very good players, Gourcuff, Gomis, Reveillere and Maxime Gonalons – but I’m sure our club are more than aware of the talent on show here.

  • 20 magicbus // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Be nice to see Bigi given Europa Cup time

  • 21 geordiesteve520 // Feb 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Torq, that’s the one – saw him play on the left wing and he looked very promising. They have a couple of other players I like the look of but possibly to similar to what we have – I like Fofana (having senn him play at Le Harve a few years ago) and I think Lovren will end up a world class CB – have heard rave reviews about Yassine Benzia too, bit like Tafer a few years ago.




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