Big signing: Gael signs 5 year deal.

5 year deal signed.
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 Β£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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106 thoughts on “Big signing: Gael signs 5 year deal.

  1. I guess De Jong just reckoned that he’d get the attention that Huntelaar is getting if he went to Germany rather than England.
    Right I’m off to bed, have to wake up even earlier tomorrow for work as I live in the centre of T in the Park and so traffics gunna be horrific. Add that to terrible weather forecast and we’ll have no one in store tomorrow 😑


  2. Premandup
    I hope it’s Guidetti and Sakho though I have a feeling we might not go after a CB once the Good deal is sorted out, and full-back will be our major target as Santon said in that interview (Read it on Eds blog).


  3. Got Talksport/shite(take your pick πŸ˜€ ) on in the backround and apparently theyre gunna start talking about NE transfer news soon. I’m soo not gunna get much sleep at this rate πŸ˜•


  4. Something I would just love to see is us hijacking Spurs’ supposed Vertonghen deal. It hasn’t seemed to progress in the last 2 weeks! Offer Ajax just a bit more money and promise the lad what footballers should really care about and snag him up!


  5. The worry I have atm is that these players like Good, Amalfitano and Bigirimana are a total unknown quantity. It’s all very well saying they are for the future but we need players for next season. As Big Dave points out we were already low on numbers and we have lost quite a few deadwood players, and Guthrie who I didn’t class as deadwood. Even Best was improving into a decent backup. We have signed players before like Moyo and that Swedish lad who never seemed to get anywhere near the first team. We had a group of players like Donaldson, Airey and Folan that the club has now let go, they didn’t get many chances either. I just wonder if this is the right route to go down and what the intention of the club is here, I worry that we are going to have no backup other than the likes of Vuckic and if they play him he might not be ready and that can destroy a player at a club like ours. We will find out what some of these players are like at this rate though because nevermind Euro, we have CC and FA cup games yet. We will be fielding Elliott, Abeid, Xisco and the tea lady in the CC at this rate. πŸ™‚


  6. GeordieTwo @44

    Given has looked average the last few games I have seen him in. If he was still at the toon I wonder if he would be keeping Krul out tbh. The attribute that made him one of the best prem keepers was his reaction saves. He doesn’t seem to have the same confidence and reactions anymore. I still think it is sad that he couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and left to ‘go on to bigger things’. We got his peak years though by the looks of it and no player is ever bigger than the mighty toon. :mrgreen:


  7. Managing Director Derek Llambias travelled to South America last week where he is understood to have been trying to set up a deal for two young players from Argentina to join compatriots Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez on Tyneside.

    I hope he found a new messi or Pele there. 😯


  8. Good signing for the future.. falls in line with the clubs plans.. The club stated in their 5 year plan that they would buy young and develop them into first team players. This is the preferred method over buying over priced players.
    So to say we are just fattening these young players up to sell for proffit is a bit rich.. The club is delivering what was promised.
    Good stuff all round.. and Big Dave, disagree about your comments about Jabbas’ spending money. If some fans have a $ valuation of a player in their mind and state it on here, why are they looking to save Jabbas’ money? It is no different to you saying we should spend it willingly, just different ends of the spectrum..


  9. Agree with Toonsy@67….that statement in itself means I’m probably wrong πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†


  10. Brings back bad memories that video… my father passed the same way… πŸ™‚


  11. Bigirimana looks like Tiotes love child with that hair cut πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  12. My condolences, I wasn’t even aware your father was involved in De Jong’s transfer 😯


  13. Never seen it…..not a full episode anyway.
    Reet off oot for a bit….I expect at least 2 signings by the time I come back πŸ‘Ώ :mrgreen:


  14. Espn are saying that 16m is the dollar value for dejong.. who do twente think we are…. liverpool πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ dreamers..


  15. pound value πŸ˜‰ …..yes I’m still here, waiting for wor lass to get ready πŸ™„


  16. Santon
    “At the end of last year Pardew had warned me that his intention was to make me play on the right, but that another would come in too. If it is Debuchy or whoever for him, whether it is a good player who can help the team. Then we see who the coach will decide to deploy.”

    Pards wants him on the right eh? But also wants another right back? hmmm interesting


  17. I suspect De Jong feels he will get more starts with the Germans than with us with Cisse and Ba in his way. More chances to impress the Dutch coach.


  18. SEANP a lot of cloggys make the move to Germany, it’s easier for them to settle. Borussia MΓΆnchengladbach may have Champs League next year, but they will come way down the pecking order in Germany behind FC Bayern, Dortmund and Schalke 04. Without Marcus Reuss they will struggle…

    Germany is probably a good move for the lad at such a young age, but from a sporting perspective it smacks of lack of ambition and he’ll be treading water…. pity for the toon really….


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