Gael Bigirimana looked a very good player the season before last, in his first season on Tyneside, and he played 25 times for the first team, but last season, for various reasons – including injuries – he only appeared once for the Newcastle first team.
Gael Bigirimana – in action last season
There had been talk earlier in the summer that Gael may have to leave Newcastle to get some first team football, either on loan or permanently, but that may not be necessary.
The 20 year-old has a terrific attitude and temperament – and seems determined to resurrect his career at Newcastle, as the Burundi born youngster had this to say today in the Chronicle:
“Whatever happened last season, happened for a reason. That reason put me in a position where I had to think for myself.”
“I cleared my mind and worked out what I needed to do to get in the team. I’m ready for that and I can’t wait to start. I can’t wait.”
Bigirimana played 28 times for Coventry and was selected as the Championship Apprentice of the Year for the 2011–2012 season, before he joined Newcastle as an 18 year-old for around £1M.
A lot of success in football and in life depends on determination, guts, perseverance and fortitude, and young Bigirimana has all of that – and he could even get a chance to show what he can do tonight at Hillsborough, when a Newcastle eleven takes on Sheffield Wednesday in our next pre-season game.
We certainly hope that Gael can resurrect his career at Newcastle this season – its certainly possible.
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