So, Newcastle have completed the signing Gael Bigirimana from Coventry on a 5 year deal. Bigirimana is a Burundian born Congolese player, and moved to the UK in 2004.
Sky Sports earlier understood that Bigirimana was undergoing a medical with Newcastle [tips hat to Shite Seats] after the Newcastle agreed a fee of around £1 million for the talented youngster, and in the past few minutes it’s just been confirmed that he’s signed a 5 year deal.
This is a deal which has been rumoured for a while, as Newcastle are looking to boost up their development squad after letting a large number of reserves go last season. It’s good news for the future as we have three up and coming midfielders with great promise in the form of Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana.
Gael has already played 26 times for the Coventry first team at the age of 18, 16 of them starts. He looked good in a struggling Coventry team, and would undoubtedly flourish with better players around him. He will take a while though, he looked very raw, so don’t expect him to see him starting for NUFC anytime soon.
Bigi is normally played as a deep lying midfielder who likes to spray the ball around, but he has been likened to Michael Essien in the past. He has a great range of passing and his decision making will only improve as he gets more experience, hopefully he can show his true potential in a black and white shirt.
His talent was recognised when he won the Championships “Apprentice of the year”, the young Burundian beat off Johnathan Williams and Jordan Obita for the award. Coventry’s academy director spoke about Bigi on the club site after the award.
“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.”
Gael Bigirimana has an incredible story behind his move to Coventry City, which makes him so likeable to fans, well, that and his pretty cool haircut. This following story is 100% truth, it’s not like one of those Balotelli myths.
Gael was walking to the supermarket to get some milk and he saw the Coventry Academy training centre. The next day he went there and asked for a trial, the coaching staff looked back at Gael who was only 11 at the time and told him they wouldn’t take him for just turning up, and that he had to be scouted like everyone else.
Bigi left details of his school team with the man from Coventry and ran off happily knowing someone would come and watch him play, but he was stopped by another coach.
“They asked if I had all the equipment, boots, shin pads and stuff like that,”
“I said ‘yes’ but I did not. They said they saw me running fast but to tell you the truth I was jogging.
“The next day they gave me a trial. It was near the end of the season but they took me on for the following campaign. It must have been a miracle.”
That’s a crazy story which just shows that even if you come from the poorest backgrounds you can still make it in football. Bigi has taken his chance and from a Coventry youth player it seems like he’s going to sign for the Premier League’s Newcastle United, I just wish our very own, Nile Ranger would take his golden chance.
I’ve spoken to a Coventry fan via Twitter and asked him a few questions about Gael Bigirimana, follow him on Twitter @_CharlieHarris.
Who in the Newcastle line up is Gael Bigirimana similar too?
His best position is advanced playmaker, so the best comparison is probably someone like Yohan Cabaye rather than Cheik Tiote.
How were Bigi’s performances last season?
He started really well for us out performing everyone is pre-season friendlies and the first few games of the season. He got sent off in November and he seemed to lose alot of confidence from it, and his performances dropped a bit.
What can Newcastle fans expect from Gael?
If you play him in the right position then you can expect great vision and a lot flare on the ball. He won’t shoot much.
Do you think he’ll be a good signing for Newcastle?
He’s a good signing for the future but don’t expect him to slot into the first team right away as I don’t think he’s ready for that yet.
This deal makes ael Bigirimana Alan Pardew’s second summer signing and it helps bulk up our squad with the big season ahead. I don’t think Gael will go straight in the first team, but with injuries we may seem him make the bench in the coming season.
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