Newcastle loan player Gael Bigirimana has now been dropped into the Under 21s at Coventry City.

Having only started five league starts since going to Coventry, the United midfielder now finds himself out of the matchday squad altogether.

The rules say that clubs can only have five loan players in their matchday squads and currently the Sky Blues have five others, including Adam Armstrong, ahead of the other Newcastle loan player.

Manager Tony Mowbray says that he has talked about the problem with Gael Bigirimana and can see the ‘disappointment on his face’ at being dropped to play with the kids.

Looking for positives, the Coventry boss says that the club treats the player well and at least he is seeing more of his family being back in Coventry.

Mowbray had hoped that Bigirimana would be able to negotiate a release from Newcastle in January from the last 18 months of his contract so he could sign on fully as a Coventry player. However, no deal was agreed and now it remains to be seen in the summer whether agreement can be reached then between the player and Newcastle on the remaining year of his contract.

Turning 23 in October, Gael Bigirimana’s career looks to be going nowhere at the minute after such a bright start when he first arrived at St James Park as a teenager.

The fact that five other loan signings are seen as better bets than him at the moment doesn’t suggest he has impressed much at Coventry as yet – the odds surely being that Bigirimana will be yet another player seeing out his (too) long contract at Newcastle United right until the bitter end.

Tony Mowbray talking about Gael Bigirimana:

“He’s here to play but he can’t at the moment and he understands that. I have spoken to him about the number of loans and where we are at this moment with the costings and trying to be clever with our loans, do deals with clubs to manage the money to get a decent enough team.

“He understands all that. I can see the disappointment on his face but he’s playing with the Under 21s and as I have said to him, there’s a fair chance he wouldn’t be playing at Newcastle.

“He’s down here, among some family. We treat him well, with total respect and he understands the predicament we have got at the moment.

“The bigger picture is that if in the summer he negotiates the last year of his contract at Newcastle and he wants to do something with this club or we have the best offer for him then we can discuss that then.”