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Newcastle midfielder sent back because no room at the inn

7 years ago

Newcastle midfielder Gael Bigirimana’s football career has come to a crushing dead end and he was hoping to get some new impetus at Yeovil Town.

Bigirimana made a great impact when arriving as an eighteen year old, showing great promise in both the Europa League and Premier League.

However, Alan Pardew totally blanked him last season and didn’t give him a single minute of Premier League action. That pattern has continued this season with the Burundi born midfielder not getting a look in, despite the poor start to the season.

It turns out though that a new start at Yeovil was always going to be a longshot, certainly at the minute.

The club who are currently joint bottom of League One already have six loan players and have decided they can’t take a seventh at the moment, making  the decision after Bigirimana had trained there for a few days. Though their manager has left the option open for the future.

The rules states that no more than five loan players can be named in a matchday squad, so signing Bigirimana short-term would have meant at least two of the seven loan players couldn’t be involved on a particular matchday.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson;

“He has gone back, he came down for a couple of days and did alright, he did OK.

“At the moment it was just an initial contact because we have got six loans and we cannot take on seven loans.

“He’s a good lad, a nice fellow and we will keep an eye on the situation.”

An insight into how things operate at the lower level, potentially half a team being made up of loan players. There’s something wrong somewhere!

While for Gael Bigirimana, the search goes on for the right route to get him back playing first team football somewhere.


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