Gael Bigirimana was a steal at £1M last summer from Coventry City, who were relegated from the Championship last season, and Bigi has already appeared 22 times for the Newcastle first team with one glorious goal against Wigan, and he has made a very good start to his career on Tyneside,.
Gael Bigirimana – after scoring his goal against Wigan
The Newcastle squad jetted out yesterday for the game against Metalist Kharkiv tomorrow night, and Bigi was on the plane, but it’s not clear whether he will see any action tomorrow night, because it’s not clear what team Alan Pardew will play, and whether he will play a really strong side tomorrow night, given that a tough game in the league against Southampton is coming up on Sunday at St. James’ Park.
This is what the 19 year-old Burundi born player had to say in the Newcastle Journal today:
“Europe is an opportunity for us as young players and it is up to me to work as hard as I can to be involved.” “I have signed a big, long five year contract but I’m still young so I am just trying to learn and improve every day.”
“Now it is up to the manager but I am here if he needs me.” “The Premier League is very important but we want to win the Europa League and, with the new players, our squad has a lot of options so it is what we are all aiming for.”
“Sometimes as a young player you need to come in when the team is doing well to see if you have improved or where you are.” “Lately I’ve been on the bench or in the squad – it’s all experience for me.”
“The gaffer is just saying to me, ‘Keep working, keep learning’ and I will do that. I’m just proud to be part of Newcastle United.”
It’s a long round trip to the Ukraine and hopefully Alan will be mindful of the Southampton game – but of course the very best outcome would be to get through tomorrow night – and a score draw would do that for us – and then win the game against Southampton, which would take us up to 30 points from 27 games and put us 3 points ahead of the Saints and maybe move us up the table a few places.
And with our much stronger squad maybe that’s even possible now.
We hope so.
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