We have very high hopes that 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana will make it big on Tyneside, and the defensive midiflder looked a very good young player last season, when he appeared 25 times for the Newcastle first team, after signing on for just £1M last summer.
Gael Bigirimana - in action at Morecambe
But with competition from Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko, Gosling and Anita in central midfield, it could be more difficult for the former Coventry player to get much playing time this season, especially since we will have far less games.
But one thing is certain, and that’s that Gael wants to stay on Tyenside and fight for his place, and of course he will only get better as he is developed by Newcastle.
This is what Gael said in the local papers today:
“People can say it’s best for me to go on loan, but I’m not going anywhere.” “I’m going to stay here. I’m going to be patient, and I’m going to work my socks off.”
“I showed last year that I didn’t look out of place in the big games. That’s not being big-headed. That’s how I feel I did.” “So I’m not going on loan. My target this season is to fight.”
“You never know how the season can change.” “Patience is the key. In football you’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to stay fit and keep working in training.”
Gael did play in the League Cup win at Morecambe last week, and he played the full 90 minutes and it seemed to us that Newcastle’s extra fitness – probably due to the skills of Faye Downey, allowed us to win fairly comfortably in the end 2-0.
But Morecambe were all over us in that first half, which was just a little bit scary.
Gael talked about that game:
“It was just a really good feeling to get the win,” “It was a major win, and I’m really glad we got the three points.” “It was tough. Those games are always tough, but thank God we’ve got through that round.”
“That was a good win the players and most importantly for the club.” “You’ve just got to be focused. The first half was tough. They gave everything as they wanted to stay in the game as long as they could.”
“In the second half, they couldn’t keep that same energy. Once they started getting tired, that’s when we started showing our quality.” “If you give a good side space, they will use it really well.”
“They will use it to punish you.”
It’s a very good attitude Bigi has and he has confidence in his own abilities, which is also important for any player, but we just hope he can get enough playing time at Newcastle this season.
If he doesn’t play much by say January, maybe he should be sent out on loan to a Championship club.
The player is still young , but he needs first team games to develop into a top Newcastle player of the future – hopefully.
What do you think?
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