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.
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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