When Cheick Tiote was injured on Saturday and we are now really short of defensive midfield players we did mention that maybe Steve McClaren could recall Gael Bigirimana from his loan deal at Coventry City, which had only just started, but Gael seems to be out of favor at Newcastle having only played one game for the first team over the last two seasons.
In his first season on Tyneside he looked a very good player with 25 appearances and one goal.
But he played the whole game last night at Bradford along with Adam Armstrong, but the Sky Blues had a disappointing 0-0 draw that we reported on last night.
Gael Bigirimana in action at Portland in pre-season
But even with the point they remain one point above Gillingham in League One after Gillingham won 2-0 at home to Rochdale.
And it seems that Gael had a very good game and Coventry manager Tony Mowbray was full of praise for the 22 year-old:
“We are a bit disappointed with the result as I think it was as good as we’ve played all season really and played some good football at times.”
“We controlled the game and where they had one or two isolated moments, we took the sting out of the occasion really well.”
“Aaron Martin and Ben Turner did the job they were supposed to and Gael Bigirimana gave us a real level of control in the game. His passing and link play was really important to us today.”
It´s likely that Gael will get lots of games if he stays on loan through the end of the season and from comments he´s already made he would love to return to play for his home-town club on a full-time basis at the end of the season.
As we said, we´re not quite sure what´s happened to Gael over the last two seasons but when you don´t play many games it’s difficult to impress people at Newcastle.
We´d be surprised if the former England U19 International will be recalled from Coventry, although if he plays really well there it could even help rekindle his career on Tyneside.
The fact he was sent out on loan in the first place, when we were already short of defensive midfielders even when Cheick Tiote was fit, suggests Steve McClaren doesn´t rate him.