Baffling Alan Pardew Decisions No.5167
Understanding Alan Pardew’s ‘tactics’ and management ‘style’ is difficult enough at the best of times, but last season, even the silver haired fox outdid himself.
After promising to give the young players their chance, Pardew went on to not give one player under the age of 21 a Premier League start over the course of the entire 2013/14 Premier League campaign.
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You could understand it a bit with some of the young players who had shown nothing to suggest why they should get a chance, but one player who turned 20 in September, had made 25 appearances (all competitions) in 2012/13.
The player in question is Gael Bigirimana, a youngster who was one of the very few positives of that season when United seriously flirted with relegation.
Yet he has not been given a minute of Premier League pitch time in the last 12 months.
Bigirimana looked good in the tackle and confident on the ball, so which manager wouldn’t then give that same player a single chance in the league a year later? Bigirmana was only involved in one match last season and that was when Pardew played a compete second team against Morecambe in the League Cup.
To make it even worse, Alan Pardew actually selected Gale Bigirmana for Newcastle’s biggest match of that 2012/13 season, the Europa League second leg quarter final against Benfica.
To the player’s credit though, he has taken the baffling Pardew logic on the chin;
“Sometimes you have got to learn from the outside, it is never a nice place to be but to be th best, you have got to learn any way you can.
“I have taken this year as a learning lesson.”
Alan Pardew had this to say about the midfielder;
“Gael had a few setbacks and injuries but he actually came into his best form right at the end – that sometimes happens to younger players.”
If Bigirimana had dipped, then I understand not giving him as many games, but to totally ignore him in the Premier League is beyond baffling – especially giving games to poor players like Gosling who was leaving at the end of the past season.
Ironically, Bigi has won the club’s official goal of the season competition, a near forty yarder for the reserves against West Brom back in September…I wish a few of the midfielders we had playing last season were as off form as that!
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