One Newcastle youngster who will not be going out on loan this season is 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana, who has been the most successful youngster at Newcastle, since arriving for £1M from Coventry last summer.
Gael Bigirimana – after scoring against Wigan Athletic
And with some of his displays this season, he has already shown he will be pushing for a first team place very soon, and he is likely to be in the squad that travels to Russia for the game on Thursday night, when we play FC Anzhi Makhachkala in the first game of our two-legged Europa League tie with them.
Alan Pardew has been talking about the Europa League in the Sunday Sun this morning, and this is what he had to say about the teenager:
“I never saw the competition as a distraction.” “I was criticized for some of the teams I put out, but every time I put out a team to win.” “I did go with younger players because I had no option at times and they played terrifically well.”
“We were only really up against it when we were in Bordeaux and lost 2-0. The table was dead by then and we did not play to our maximum that night.” “If I had to pick out a player who really emerged from the run it would be Gael Bigirimana.”
“In terms of a young player who was called upon to do a difficult job, he did really well and announced his arrival here.” “He has not had many chances, but he handled the group stage games and that was a step up for him. Bigi is a great lad and a terrific pro.”
Gael Bigirimana has quickly become attached to Newcastle and their great history, and he also seems a bit of a character, and nearly always has a big smile on his face, and we truly believe this lad will be a first team starter in the not too distant future.
He’s not only already a good player but takes in everything Alan Pardew tells him, and he is hungry to learn, and those are the characteristics of great players – they continue to learn the game and improve on the skills they have – so they can become better players.
We don’t expect this lad to go out on loan this season, and he is currently being groomed by Alan Pardew for the Newcastle first team.
For the record Gael has already played 23 times for Newcastle with one terrific goal against Wigan Athletic.
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