Newcastle Midfielder Considers Leaving The Club


When Gael Bigirimana arrived at Newcastle two years ago from Coventry, and then played 25 times with one goal in his first season, which included playing 10 times in the Europa league, it looked like Newcastle had signed a gem for only £1M, and he would quickly go on to become a Newcastle regular in the side.

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Gael Bigirimana – considers leaving Newcastle

But it shows just how fragile football careers can be – especially for youngsters – and last season Gael seemed to disappear – and a lot of the absence was caused by injury, and he ended up playing only one game for Newcastle and then last week he was left out of the squad that went to New Zealand.

However, its not the end of the world for Gael – and he should remember that James Perch was left out of the squad that flew to America three years ago, but in the following season James still played 28 times for Newcastle and made a significant contribution to Newcastle finishing 5th top of the Premier League.

This is what Gael has said today:

“I don’t know. It depends on how the manager sees you.” “Things were looking brighter, but things can change quickly.¨  “Sometimes you find yourself at the top of the world in football, and very soon you find yourself at the bottom of the world.¨

“If the manager doesn’t see you in his plans, then there’s nothing you can do but see if you can get some games and see what the future holds.¨

“I’m not a person that goes around and says this or that if the manager has changed his mind. If he has, that’s his decision.¨ “I’m not going to say ‘why this?’ and ‘why that?’.¨

“Football’s like that. You’ve got to be strong. You just have to go somewhere where you can get games.”

Gael will have to see how things go in pre-season, but if nothing much changes then maybe the best thing would be for Gael to go out on loan – even for the season – to get some regular first team games.

But there’s still a decent chance that Gael can make it at Newcastle, and after all last season, he couldn’t quite get going with (all) the injuries he picked up.

What do you think?

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136 comments so far

  • Sliema

    Jul 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Such a shame. There must be a reason for him to fall out of favour like this.

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  • dufuss

    Jul 21, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #2

    yes a poor excuse for a ham shanker of a manager

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  • BruceBore

    Jul 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #3

    The simple reason is that he’s not good enough. Having seen him regularly for the u21 side, it’s difficult to see him playing at the required level for the first time. At this stage of his development he should be running games for the u21s – he doesn’t. He plays too many sideways and backward passes. He’s had a couple of years but sometimes it’s time to move on.

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  • BruceBore

    Jul 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    It should read: “…first team…” not “first time”. Typing fingers clearly not working.

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  • ethiotoon

    Jul 21, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Must go out on loan..
    See how he develops..
    No change,then got to go and replaced..

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  • Scottiedog

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Give him a year out on loan with a top championship side and then decide at the end of the season!?!?!

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  • firebug666

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    I would suggest getting him out on loan, letting him train with a new team and manager and see if he improves, If there is no improvement get rid and replace him.

    It’s a shame because he look the business when he first arrived, maybe he still needs time to get over his injury on a Physiological level before he can start getting stuck in again.

    Hope he can come good again.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Gael, I wouldn’t worry about it. It’s not you, it’s our calamity of a manager.

    Mascherano wasn’t in favour either and he plays for Barca now and had a great World Cup.

    Puppets with saw dust for brains OUT.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #9

    A lot of questions need answering here, firstly his attitude, yes he has ability and he did do very well but football is all about how you respond to knock backs, now due to injury he has fell down the pecking order but it is up to him to get back to where he was and to even consider throwing away an opportunity to play for the biggest club outside of the top 6 because of how he handled the knock back is atrocious, he really needs to take a good long look at himself and give himself a shake then get back onto the pitch and make it impossible for Pardew not to select him.

    The second big question is why has Pardew and his team sat back and allowed this state of mind to develope, the kid has has a nightmare of late due to injuries and at his tender age the gaffer should be like a father figure and nurture him out of this period in away which tells the lad that he has a future with us, you can’t just abandon him and leave him alone to fend for himself, what a pair of knackers they are, Bigi, cut with the tears and force youway back in as you are good enough to do it and Pardew, ffs man he’s a kid, give him some help, he obviously needs it.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Pardewed

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #11

    I called this one a mile away (the article that is)

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  • Spoof

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Bruce I can’t agree their m8, he played for the first team and showed more than enough ability, and as for side and back passes then yes that would be the case as he is a holding midfielder, I often complain when Tiote tries to move forward as it’s not his game and he is useless, Tiote should win it and pass to someone who can do something with the ball, the same applies to Bigi but he knows this already and does what he should be doing, keeping it simple by making sure that we keep the ball.

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  • deeps

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Man United agree 16 million deal for Hummels.. :/
    Wtf…only 16 million for one of the best young defenders :/

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Take a hard look at the club structure and management…

    then it’s no wonder to same players either don’t develop or recline!

    *players of course hold a responsibility as well, but I wouldn’t want to work on these conditions, not even if I was one of Parpuh’s favorites (though I would be picked all the time, but I won’t really progress like I should)

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    *then it’s no wonder some players

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  • Spoof

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #16

    jesper

    lets not get into the age old debate about players progressing and Pardew as it never goes anywhere, some have failed just as players fail at every other club in the country have failed, but certainly we have had many who have improved and prospered, so can we please not get into the now boring

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Bigi had some promising games and for such a young ages, he should be able to develop and improve in the right setup.

    Developing here though is like water in the desert. A rare find.

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  • ethiotoon

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Don’t u think there is a problem in coaching stuff around the academy?
    May be it’s the time to import academy
    Coach from France or Holland. They tend to have better knowledge in cracking out potentials of young players, than the ones
    From England or Scotland..

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  • Spoof

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Pardew is the worst at everything comments as he simply isn’t.

    don’t know what happened there, my post got submitted halfway through typing it ?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Ancient

    No problem with comprehension at all pal. But you are basing him staying fit on what ?

    carroll has offered liverpool and west ham what exactly? he didn’t function in either Rodgers passing football or allardyce’s hoofball.

    Take the black and white specs off and realise there are way better, injury free goal scorers out there.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Spoof…it seems we so often now hear of players either being cast away or not progressing.

    *of all the subjects on here lately I believe this one is of importance – especially with Ashley and Parpuh talking about CL and being educated about it. Wouldn’t you say)

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #22

    …especially when they are being nothing of the kind!

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  • Kris

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Thank you so much, Silema! 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #24

    ethio

    we need technical foreign coaching staff but most of all it needs to come down from the manager. I bet AP’s coaching sessions are a joke.

    As for Bigi, if ever there was a case of being ”pardewed” it’s right there.

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  • pawl250

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Bigi was a promising prospect but lets not get ahead of ourselves.

    1. He did not really say he is looking to leave, he said he wants some game time.

    2. I think he needs to be a back up right now. You cannot say he warrants a first team place based on what we have seen so far? Baring in mind you have the likes of Anita and Colback who must be ahead in the picking order.

    3. He should go on loan to a competitive team in the Championship if he is not going to be used. He was bought for just under £1m, surely he warranted the fee.

    4. If Bigi was our main midfielder, who for me at this time looks abit lightweight for his position in the PL, then alot of people on here would be in uproar. He has potential but he is not the finished article and clearly needs to adapt certain elements of his physical side to make it in the PL.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Spoof…now your comment makes sense mate 😉 lol

    …this is not about Parpuk being the worse as you can read – it’s about casting some colors on this black and white discussion that always seem to fall back on players attitude, when the main problem seems to be something else.

    *You cannot cure something if you don’t know what the problem is. So find the problem and eliminate it.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #27

    * Parpuk = Parpuh (even though that other name is fitting)

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  • pawl250

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Ethio

    Replaced? He hardly even made the bench last season, why would he need replaced?

    Its not like he was a starter or even first choice back up, or even back up for the back up.

    Last season it was

    Tiote – Cabaye

    Then Anita, Then Gosling

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  • G

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #29

    The kid looks every inch like a man who will thrive in the prem (when he isn’t injured anyway). Yes, I agree he looks a little lightweight, but his game suggests he carries a lot of strength. A loan move would be the best option to the kid. Offer him to one of the teams who went down last season and looks like they are ambitious enough to bounce right back (Fulham would look like the ideal gig) for a year, and see how it pans out.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #30

    spoof

    The only players who have done well under pardew are players who already had substantial reps behind them at other clubs and ultimately couldn’t wait to get away quick enough, namely ba, cabaye and debuchy.

    Hard to think of any youngsters pardew has developed at all. Dummet is championship at best, while Bigirimana, Abeid etc have just been criminally under developed.

    More to the point whoever is the latest flavour of the month ie Armstrong appear to do nothing when given a chance, often in short cameos played out of position by our super cautious manager.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #31

    Expat – following my bit about the effects of khat -well that was a bit cheeky when you posted:-
    expatmag // Jul 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM
    Tuff
    Speaking from experience, were you?
    You had previosly posted (really bragged without any foundation) the following:-

    expatmag // Jul 21, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    “Reminds me of what the wife said to me on saturday night during an evening of passion:
    Cut out the long balls and effect more penetration and you will score a screamer in the top corner……lol
    After extra time, i did a lap of honour……lol”.

    I now think that with your bluster and bragging about you boudoir activities (clearly evidenced by your
    hallucinations of boudoir prowess) that it is you that has been consuming illegal mind blowing drugs.
    I could however be mistaken if you still drink an excess of your favourite tipples -Babycham and weak shandies
    (as you did when you lived in the Heed).
    I think the order of the day would be for you to visit your family doctor -who probably prescribe some legaldrugs to get you back on track with the ladies (perhaps viagra and the like).

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  • Sliema

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #32

    There are plenty of things to criticise Pardew for. But this is not one of them. This happens with 90% of all young players, they don’t quite make it to the final level.

    How many young lads has Fergie tried to bring through or signed young in recent years, they pop on the scene, play a couple of stormers, then disappear into the abyss.

    Macheda, Campbell, Fabio, Bellion, Kleberson, Djemba Djemba, OBERTAN, that winger (Chris?) who thought he was the next Ronaldo.

    Sh!t happens.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #33

    jesper

    but when it comes to this debate there are too many who point blank refuse to accept or acknowledge that Guthrie was great under Pardew, but where is he now, Cabaye leaving was twice the player he was when joining as was Debuchy, remember Debs first half season and the following summer where most were wanting him sold as he was terrible, Ba had the best time of his career under Pardew, Saylor when injury free got called into the England squad, Colo even though I did not feel he deserved it got into the PL team of the year, Willo is twice if not thrice the player he was before Pardew ( still not good mind ), but like I say these lads get forgotten or we get the now legendary remark that they were so good they would have made it anyway, yet the lads who have failed were equally as good as those who done well but they have been Pardewed, respond if you like jesper but I apologise in advance as I will not make another response not out of ignorance but out of frustration as the against Pardew side is so obviously wrong but will never give a reasonable response to what I say, like I say I do apologise but I am sick to death of the silly comments, not from yourself mind as I was speaking generally and I am certainly not having a pop at yourself.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #34

    jazzyP from last thread

    No one??

    I was very happy to get 36M for someone whom was rumoured to be very injury prone with an unhealthy off feld lifestyle for a professional athlete.

    it was the right call then and what’s changed since?

    36M was the best bit of business ever and meant with a big target man gone we could try and play football. Of course forgot we had pardew as manager!!

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  • Spoof

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #35

    with that I think I will take the dogs for a walk, I love these dogs as they are great at taking me away from the heat of the fire lol

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Ref; Bigi – of all the youngsters on the Toons’ books over the years Bigi has really looked the part. His first game showed absolutely no nervousness on the big stage -for a lad of his years. Seemed to me to be a natural -with a good “engine”. He just was not phased at all by playing with established pro’s. Also from the interviews he’s done -he seems to be very level headed. He needs to be looked after and developed. I hope he has not already been pardewed.

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  • pawl250

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Silema

    But then you have the times you drop a player and he does it make it elsewhere

    Chelsea > Matic
    Man Utd > Pogba, Pique, Rossi

    No manager is perfect for sure, but I do think Bigi was our brightest prospect the season we relied alot on youth when in EL.

    I do think he deserved more playing time last season. I would use him when possible in this years team, especially when injuries occur.

    Surely the pecking order must be

    Sissoko – Tiote

    Colback
    Anita
    Bigi

    I know thats a distance down the order, but as I said if he goes on a loan up to Christmas we could always make do until his return and keep him if desperate, or if he makes an impact on wherever he goes.

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  • nufc 11

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #38

    It has to be something the amount of young player that fail to make the grade is crazy is it Newcastle as a City when they move up north they are treated like starts around the city they think they more than they are, they dont have to put the effort in anymore what is it? the whole thing needs a shake up siad it before the coaching at the club is way under standard even up to John Carver heads should have rolled after last seasons fiasco surely the coaching staff could see HBA gaining weight last season? they must have a Mcdonalds in the Canteen, Players probably allowed come in hungover too and smoke on the sidelines in training standards are shocking at the club… I always remmber AP saying when NUFC were in Tenerife on a short break 1 1/2 ago “There will be no drinking or partying on this trip its a get together warm season training thats all” the next day pictures circulated on Facebook of all the players and AP at linekers Celebrating ST B.day Pissed outta their heads I can just imagine the stuff that went on last season any other manager and back room staff would have got the door without a reference either.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Spoof

    is that the cabaye who won the league with Lille and played CL most seasons? it took genius pardew 3 seasons to finally work out his best position!! Some people can still succeed in spite of pardew not because of him.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Spoof…no problem mate! Point taken.

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