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Another Newcastle Youngster Sent To Coventry

7:02 pm, Monday, November 16th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 46 Comments

Newcastle have announced that Gael Bigirimaina who we signed from Coventry in the summer fo 2012 is returning to his previous club on loan.

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Gael Bigirimana – returns to Coventry

Here is the statement that has been put on the Newcastle web-site:

Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana has joined League One side Coventry City on an emergency loan deal until the New Year.

The 22-year-old originally moved to the Magpies from the Sky Blues in July 2012 and he returns to the Ricoh Arena on a temporary basis until 3rd January, 2016.

Bigirimana, who has made 13 Premier League appearances for United, has been a regular for the Club’s under-21 side and made his senior international debut for Burundi in a 2-2 draw away to DR Congo on Sunday.

He joins fellow Newcastle player Adam Armstrong on loan at Coventry.

Gael has had a strange time at Newcastle and in his first season on board he looked like a budding superstar when he made 25 appearances with one goal for the club.

He made 10 appearances in the Europa League and 13 appearances in the Premier League and one appearance each in the League Cup and the FA Cup in that first season.

But since that time he’s played only a couple of times for the first team as his star seems to have fallen on Tyneside.

Before he arrived at Newcastle he was a star at Coventry and played for them 28 times – so hopefully he can add to that total before the end of the year – and we hope it does him the world of good.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Gael Bigirimana · Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Newcastle U21 · Newcastle Youth · Premier League

46 responses so far ↓

  • 1 will die for the toon army // Nov 16, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    We were crazy to let Abeid. We wld b crazier if we let Bigi go.

    I saw AFRCON game against DRC and Bigi was impressive really looked mature.

  • 2 will die for the toon army // Nov 16, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Bigi is going to Coventry and he is going to impress. He has promise. Good with the ball. He is a better Cheick.

    Mcca jst doesnt know the players positions and its affecting the Club not complaining but its the truth.

  • 3 cyprus // Nov 16, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Is there a genuinely two footed player out there. I saw maradona, messi even ronaldo… They heavily favour one leg – I’m talking dribbling, not shooting or finding a pass…

    I could shoot with both but when it came to fancy dribbling, that was a challenge.

  • 4 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 16, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Cyprus, i’m not two footed i’m two fisted.. and dribbling is usually from my mouth after a few too many 🙂

    sorry 🙂

  • 5 Thump // Nov 16, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    @cyprus: Obviously not professional, but I’m very two footed. Don’t really have a preference for which foot I use at all.

    Admittedly, my left foot is as bad as my right foot (and vice verse), but still.

  • 6 Our Toon // Nov 16, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    I read a few disturbing comments on here earlier but couldn’t respond, munster was saying it’s shocking that moderate Muslims don’t condemn the killings that took place in paris. I’m muslim and don’t see why I should condemn the barbaric acts just because it’s happened in a western country. Do people like munster condemn killings in middle eastern countries? Don’t forget how all these fanatical idiots ever got to where they have!!

    An illegal war which removed Saddam Hussain has completely ruined the middle east and allowed IS or ISIL flourish, 130 odd Muslims and non Muslims died in paris in what is a shocking act of barbarism behavior but over 2m have died in Iraq over an unjust war. Western lives aren’t more important than anyone else’s and I say this as a westerner.

    Final note on this from me is that there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world of which 100 thousand support IS and around 30 thousand support Al Qaeda, why should the majority apologise for acts such as paris when even muslims were killed? These idiots aren’t even Islamic or religious!!

    Brevik the man from Norway who killed alot of kids did so under Christianity and neo nazi beliefs, yet he’s labelled as someone with mental issues….no mention of terrorism. Unfortunately we live in an age of propaganda and mainstream media does nothing but fuel hatred. I will continue to pray for the victims and families of Paris but will not be held to account by the likes of munster

  • 7 Our Toon // Nov 16, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Enough of politics though!!

  • 8 lesh // Nov 16, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Our Toon

    Good man, well said.

    But no more politics

  • 9 hibbitt // Nov 16, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    great move for bigi lets hope he finds his form and fitness one of the group thats been working with schoenmaker good move by Mc

  • 10 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 16, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Coventry fans properly buzzing just now and a lot of it is to do with the players we are giving them !

    We should have a permanent link up with them as long as Mowbray is manager its about time we started to have a feel good factor about us from other sets of fans

  • 11 Mister Tuff // Nov 16, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    There must be something we do not know about the Bigi saga. One of the most mature 18 year old debuts I’ve seen -then a sudden fall from grace.
    Clearly something is amiss -lifestyle perhaps.

  • 12 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 16, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    @Mister Tuff

    Always feel like a mushroom supporting Newcastle under Ashley kept in the dark and fed a lot of shite !!!

    When Bigi played that first season he was excellent in some games then something happened but we never got to know what it was !!

  • 13 Jib // Nov 16, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    I don’t know what it must be like if you’re Irish but that half seemed an eternity.
    It just goes to show that it’s not always the coaches/managers that are to blame .
    ONeill and Keane were screaming at the players to defend further up the pitch .
    I cannot get away with the Aviva name , it’ll always be Lansdowne Road to me.
    They must be able to hear that crowd in Blackrock !

  • 14 AncientC // Nov 16, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Munster Mag’s earlier claims were nothing more than Anecdotal. Somebody knows somebody else that went around a workplace questioning Muslims 1 by 1 – asking them to condemn attacks they had nothing to do with… to which the Muslims’ wouldn’t. Not only is it Anecdotal, it appears spurious and in bad taste.

  • 15 Thump // Nov 16, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    @Our Toon: And you shouldn’t. Those desparate to have Muslims condemn the actions of the Daesh are doing exactly what Daesh want: fear, uncertainy and doubt. They aren’t asking Muslims whether or not they approve of the attacks, they’re asking whether or not they’re going to snap and go on a killing spree… which is exactly the agenda of extremist groups. Why “unite” through peace when you can unite through fear, uncertainy and doubt? The more Islamophobia spreads, the more the Daesh can say “See? We’re your friends… not them!”.

    BUT you’re right. Politics probably don’t belong on here, least of all so soon. You have my apologies for having those experiences though, mate.

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Nov 16, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Mister Tuff,
    I’d really love to know what happened with Bigi, he looked great in that Europa season, maybe he turned the tables on Pards and got jiggy with his missus before he done it to him ?

  • 17 Jail for Ashley // Nov 16, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Maybe not great but very promising

  • 18 Jib // Nov 16, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Good subs Hoolahan and Long

  • 19 SUTTY1978 // Nov 16, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    So often these young players seem to come in and have good games then get dropped in favour of the usual “senior” players. There’s always this crap about protecting the young players, trouble is that our managers do that until they are about 22/23 and by that time they have stagnated by not playing competitive football.
    The other issue is sending players out on loan, seems a great idea in principle, the problem is when they come back. They are no longer satisfied with playing in the U21’s, the manager wont play them and they would prefer to go and sign for some lower league team. Can see that happening with Armstrong if he just comes back and gets 5mins off the bench again.

  • 20 Jib // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Sorry McClean on for Hoolahan
    Long on for Murphy

  • 21 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Young players come in and often get by on adrenaline for the first few games, while not being judged as critically as more experienced players. You have to be good to play for Newcastle, and being young isn’t any sort of qualification, because with it comes inexperience. You need to be special to do it.

    The most obvious reason he hasn’t made it yet, is, like Sammy and so many others before him and to come, is he isn’t quite good enough, at this stage, and probably never will be. Perez is a special player, but talent like that is very much the exception.

  • 22 sparky55 // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see him playing for another premiership team in 3 years time after going down a division or two to prove himself again.

    I would suggest poor management has been his biggest hurdle and a fresh start is exactly what he needs

    Good Luck Bigi

  • 23 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    our toon, if I offended, I sincerely apologize, was not my intention…

  • 24 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Dummet I think is getting his run extended because he represents the best of our so far relatively unsuccessful youth policy, and because he plays in a less influential position. He too though hasn’t done enough from what I’ve seen, and isn’t good enough to be a first choice Newcastle player. Certainly not one in a side that has serious top 8 aspirations, in my opinion. No disgrace in that, but if Haidarra isn’t going to be it either, for whatever reason, although to me he looks more capable, then we do need a Janmaat quality left back, and we recklessly let one go in Santon.

  • 25 sparky55 // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Hiadara is more than capable as a left back and Dummett should be a centre half

  • 26 dok - the horrid colonial // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:30 PM


    I think letting santon go was a mistake, as was mbiwa… would have fit in nicely now..

  • 27 Jib // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Jetro Willems in January
    Put your house on it

  • 28 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Yeah, maybe as a centre back, but again, you do need to be a top player to hold down a regular spot at Newcastle. You only get a core of them and then a host of peripheral players. Obviously we need to increase the size of that quality core of genuine first team regulars.

  • 29 catchy in norway // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    I don’t like politics and I don’t like religion , they are both as bad as each other IMO,

    Assad should be brought to justice for what he is doing to his own people and letting Isis set up camp in his country,

    The USA help train Osama and his crew , and now Putin is helping Assad, it’s a sick work.

  • 30 sparky55 // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:44 PM


    Goes without saying…we have a soft underbelly…our two centre halves and two CDM’s are very average indeed hence our lowly position and hence our atrocious goals against record. Thats where we need to strengthen.

    No wingers, no centre forwards, no attacking midfielders, no full backs…just make strides in sorting that soft underbelly in the window and we’ll soon start climbing the league

  • 31 sparky55 // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:46 PM


    stick to footy…you’re much more fun 🙂

  • 32 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Mbiwa had a few genuinely pathetic performances. Totally deer caught in the headlights rattled. Take those out and he was capable, but of course you can’t take them out. The timing of his departure was pretty cynical of course, with no replacement being brought in. Even so, I wasn’t disappointed to see him go.

  • 33 sparky55 // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    well done ROI…great to see you back involved…you’re a joy!

  • 34 sparky55 // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:52 PM


    You have to remember he was playing alongside a very disinterested Colo at the time and was not comfortable at all.

    I think he would’ve been much better alongside mbemba IMO

  • 35 martoon // Nov 16, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    jimmysmith – lets hope the same thing doesn’t happen to Kevin Mbabu because he looked really good when he played.

  • 36 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    The problem with having an academy is you’ve got to play them, but so often they just aren’t up to it. Keegan famously scrapped the reserves. I’m assuming because it got in the way of recruiting genuine first team talent. Mbabu looks good, he has an athleticism that looks promising, but he isn’t likely to make it either. Of course they do from time to time though.

  • 37 lochinvar // Nov 16, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Know it’s a busy news day – the earlier blog about the floods at Brunton Park brought back the heady news that when Carlisle flooded some years ago they found someone’s goldfish swimming on the pitch.
    There you go, exciting times,

  • 38 lesh // Nov 16, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Will die…..

    If Bigi benefits from some time working under Mowbray’s guidance, he’ll surely come back a better player.

  • 39 lesh // Nov 16, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Mr Tuff

    Maybe Bigi’s lack of progress might bs explained as…. Pardewed!

  • 40 lesh // Nov 16, 2015 at 10:34 PM


    Dummet as a centre half? Centre half??

    You’re showing your age me owld son.

    Ok, I’m on the way to the naughty step now.

  • 41 lesh // Nov 16, 2015 at 10:37 PM


    And Saudi (the UK’s big friend and major customer of the country’s arms industry) is behind both Al Qaida and ILIL/ S as well as wanting Assad out.

  • 42 martoon // Nov 16, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    jimmysmith @36 – The reason Keegan scrapped the reserves was nothing to do with recruitment. The league decreed that a certain amount of reserve games had to be played on the SJP pitch. Keegan didn’t want this so took a hissy fit and scrapped the reserves. For all the good Keegan did this was very short sighted and one of the first things Dagleish had to undo!

  • 43 rasul // Nov 16, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Im a muslim 2 our toon:) Allahu Akbar! We support Newcastle and may Allah bless our team because we are suffering worse than most of the teams. I feel we are like middel east compared to other teams. When is it gooing to loossn up?

  • 44 rasul // Nov 16, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Against city i want this team out: Attack on simpson side all dayy and well beat them comfortabel. Cant belive they are up there with him. Elliot- daryl – mbemba – colo – dummet- musa- winjaldum – tiote – perez- cisse with mitro on top. Holding the ball. No anita in afraid

  • 45 jimmysmith // Nov 16, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Yeah, I know what was said at the time, but I wonder if there may have been more behind it.

  • 46 Sav // Nov 17, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    Tamas Kadar and Shane Ferguson will both be representing their countries at Euro’16 yet can’t get near our faltering first team. Makes you wonder.
    And I wonder how the wheels fell off for Bigi?

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