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Newcastle Win The Race For Top Class Midfielder

We reported the news late last night, and there is other news coming through that 18 year-old Coventry midfielder Gael Bigirimana will have a medical at Newcastle today, and sign on for Newcastle United.

Gael Bigirimana – having medical at Newcastle on Friday

Newcastle have been linked with this player for about three months and he has been compared with Michael Essien, such is the all action play of the lad, and of course he was the Championship Apprentice of the Season in 2011-2012, and put in some great performances for his club Coventry City.

Coventry were relegated to League One last season, and it is thought they would be open to a good offer for their top youngster, and it seems like Newcastle have  made a suitable deal with the Sky Blues.

The top youngster was born in Burundia, and moved with his mother in 2004 to England, having also spent time living in Uganda.

And Andy Thorn his manager, who himself has first hand experience of moving to a big club like Newcastle, had this to say about his player:

“He has acquitted himself well.” “Gael’s is an amazing story and just shows with the right dedication, work ethic and commitment what you can actually achieve.”

“Gael’s a good talent but he’s still got a heck of a lot to learn and I’d be really disappointed if he left.”  “I was a young lad when I went to Newcastle.”

“They are a massive club and if you aren’t careful it eats you up if you go too soon, so you have to be very careful.”

And when the youngster won the Championship Apprentice of the Season in March, the Coventry City Academy manager Gregor Rioch had this to say about the lad on the club’s official site:

“We are all so proud of Gael. It’s no less than he deserves.” “The lad is a shining example of what our Academy system is about and the way he has taken this season in his stride has been fantastic to watch.”

“He’s a superb young lad to work with and the way we have watched him develop into a player and a young man off the pitch has been fantastic.” “He deserves all the congratulations he gets from this.”

“He has a good touch and has shown a maturity beyond his years”

Newcastle watched the youngster often last season, as he was getting the name of being one of the top youngsters playing in England, and we believe this is one of the players Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said yesterday was close to joining Newcastle.

Bigirimana made 26 appearances for Coventry last season,  and on May 31st we reported that Newcastle had made an offer for the player, which was thought to be anywhere between £500K and £1M.

On June 16th a source close to the player had this to say to the Daily Star:

“The boy is very highly rated and it is clear he possesses bundles of talent.” “A lot of Premier League clubs were watching him towards the end of the season and nobody more than Newcastle, who were regular visitors to the Ricoh Stadium.”

“Coventry know they face a real fight to keep him after their relegation from the Championship and if a big enough bid comes in they will have to take it.”

Gael Bigirimana, who turns 19 in October,  will probably be part of the Development squad at Newcastle, although we wouldn’t be surprised if he made a quick move into the first team squad at Newcastle next season.

This is a very good signing for Newcastle United, with lots of clubs after the talented 18 year-old, and it’s signings like this that will guarantee Newcastle success in the years ahead.

Well at least that’s what we are hoping for. 😀

Comments welcome.


12 comments so far

  • mikeybnz

    Jul 6, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Great news more to follow hopefully!!!!

  • Far East Magpie

    Jul 6, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #2

    1st post for the article and 1st ever post by me.

    Looks like a brilliant signing. But I wonder what’s the future like for Mehdi Abeid.

    Hope we can wrap up deals for Debuchy and Douglas sooner rather than later!

    With the Luuk De Jong deal not happening, I hope we’ve got an alternative target who’s just as good, or else I will be worried when Ba and Cisse goes on internation duty during the African Nations Cup…

  • OoAhDembaBa

    Jul 6, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #4


    Everyone should read this story about the lad. Such a great story. You’ll look at him as an even greater signing. I truly believe he’ll be pushing the first 11 not the reserves

  • Geordie by the grace of God

    Jul 6, 2012 at 5:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Reckon his nickname will be Bigi Smalls?

  • 89Norcal

    Jul 6, 2012 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Compared to Essien? I like the sound of that.

  • toonbarmy1984

    Jul 6, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #7

    FEM I’m sure we will only loose either Tiote or ba and cisse because ivory coast are playing Senegal in Acon qualifier so only one will go through

  • voodoo85

    Jul 6, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #8

    @7 – yep we cant lose all three, i think i would prefer to lose tiote rather than cisse / ba. all depends who is brought in though for cover in both departments

  • toonincheek

    Jul 6, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Two legs –
    September 7-9 and October 12-14

  • Toonfan_Ew Ew

    Jul 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Looks the spits of Tiote, can only be a good thing really! Excited to see how he does if he signs up. Surprised Debuchy isn’t get that much interest off other clubs now after the Euros. Heard about the Guidetti rumour too, his record for Feyenoord, 20 in 23, last season was ridiculous.

  • Sav

    Jul 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Exactly, he looks like a young Cheick Tiote, not Michael Essien. Good luck to the lad.

  • kormee

    Jul 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #12

    lads a totally great signing am excited about the way we looking as a team like.and if we could get Guidetti that would be fantastic , it looks like Debuchy defo wants to come and if we do get him fantastic , i still like the look of a Anita too if we get them 3 above i will be over the moon , for once we have a great team again , come on the toon


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