It was a good move to send Gael Bigirimana on loan to his former club Coventry City and after their 4-1 win on Saturday afternoon against former leaders Gillingham they now sit on top of League One – 3 points above Gillingham.
Gael came on in the second half and he got a good welcome back from fans of his home town club.
Gael Bigirimana in Newcastle colors
Coventry put in a great first half performance in such a big games and were 4-0 up at the break.
And the 22 year-old was full of praise for the team’s performance:
“It was a bit strange really but in a good way,” the 22-year old explained.
“It was the stadium where I made my professional debut and being back was exciting. I have a lot of good memories and to put that famous Sky Blue shirt back on was a great feeling.
“To receive the ovation I did touched my heart. I know the cheers were for Jacob as well, he deserved it of course. But I felt the fans were glad to see me back and it was an unbelievable moment, one of the best of my career and my life.
“It was one of the best first halves I’ve ever seen in the my career, everyone was excellent. It was a joy to come on but it’s not about me, the team were unbelievable.
“We need to keep that form going and God willing, if we keep playing that way we’ll be back where we belong.”
“For my career right now I need to be involved in the first-team and playing games. I need more experience, I don’t have as much as I probably should have.”
I appreciate that, the manager may require me off the bench or to start, I’ll work hard either way.”
“You’ve got to respect every team, in English football it’s fascinating – the last team in the table can still turn you over. Bradford are on an excellent run, but we have to take each game as it comes.”
“We’re top and we have to keep being ourselves. It’s going to be difficult but the boys have shown what they can do in the 18 games so far, Bradford will be a tough game but we need to stick with what the manager tells us.”
“It’s a long season, every player knows their roles and we’ve got to keep the points coming.”
The loan is a short one through January 3rd and hopefully it can be extended through the end of the season if everything goes well initially.
Gael needs the games and hopefully he will be used by Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray, who had this to say about the former Coventry player last week:
“I’m looking forward to working with Gael and I’m sure he’ll add a valuable option to our midfield,”
“I’m sure he’s looking forward to coming back and making a positive impression on us.”