20 year-old French U21 International Massadio Haidara and 19 year-old England U20 international Gael Bigirimana are two of the most promising youngsters on Tyneside, but we haven’t seen them at all in pre-season yet.
Gael Bigirimana – still getting fit?
Gael Bigirimana was in the England U20 squad for the FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey over the summer, but he hardly got a game, as England managed to finish bottom of their group.
And Gael returned to Newcastle just before the pre-season game at Blackpool, so he was not included in the squad, but we were a little surprised he didn’t take part in the game at Ibrox on Tuesday night.
Of course central midfield is a strong area for Newcastle these days, with players like Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko and Vurnon Anita fighting it out for those starting positions, and the squad is stronger than it was last season.
Massadio Haidara in training last month
And we’ve also seen nothing from our new 20 year-old Massadio Haidara, and it looks like local lad Paul Dummett may be staying on Tyneside to fight it out with Italian Davide Santon for that left back spot, and certainly Paul has been impressive this summer.
That could mean that Massadio is sent on loan through January, and if that’s the case then there should be a number of clubs after him, and there’s no reason why he couldn’t get a loan deal at a Premier League club.
We’re not sure what Alan Pardew will do with Bigirimana this seaosn, and he was impressive in his first season at the club, but he needs to get games to keep developing.
We could even see both youngsters sent out on loan.
At the moment Shane Ferguson is on a season long loan at Birmingham, James Tavernier is at Shrewsbury Town until the end of the month, Mehdi Abeid is at Panathinaikos for the season, Michael Richardson is at Accrington Stanley until the end of the month, and Conor Newton is back at St Mirren until the turn of the year.
And for the record Bigi has played 25 times for Newcastle with one goal, and Massadio has played 8 times for the Newcastle first team.
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