GAEL Bigirimana says there’s no way he’ll go out on loan this season – as he’s determined to play a waiting game at Newcastle United.
The 19-year-old is on the fringes of Alan Pardew’s first team at St James’s Park.
But Bigirimana won’t be banging on Pardew’s door demanding first-team football at United – or elsewhere.
The midfielder will instead let his football do his talking on the training pitch.
Bigirimana – who impressed last season after his move from Coventry City – made his first appearance of the season in last week’s Capital One Cup win over Morecambe.
And given the size of Newcastle’s squad – the club only signed one senior player, Loic Remy, in the summer – the England Under-20 international knows there will be opportunities for him over the next eight months if he stays patient.
“People can say it’s best for me to go on loan, but I’m not going anywhere,” Bigirimana told the Gazette.
“I’m going to stay here. I’m going to be patient, and I’m going to work my socks off.
“I showed last year that I didn’t look out of place in the big games. That’s not being big-headed. That’s how I feel I did.
“So I’m not going on loan. My target this season is to fight. You never know how the season can change.
“Patience is the key. In football, you’ve got to be patient. You’ve got to stay fit and keep working in training.”
The Morecambe result was followed by home Premier League win over Fulham last weekend.
And Bigirimana feels the 1-0 victory was a “major” step forward for the team, which had come under fire in the wake of it’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City last month.
“It was just a really good feeling to get the win,” said the Burundi-born player. “It was a major win, and I’m really glad we got the three points.”
Newcastle will take on Leeds United in the third-round of the Capital One Cup.
Morecambe made life difficult for United at the Globe Arena, where Pardew’s side were given a first-half battering.
They went on to win 2-0 thanks to late goals from brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi, and Bigirimana felt Newcastle showed character, a quality they will need this season.
“Those games are always tough, but thank God we got through that round,” he said.
“That was a good win the players, and most importantly for the club.
“The first half was tough. They gave everything as they wanted to stay in the game as long as they could.
“In the second half, they couldn’t keep that same energy. Once they started getting tired, that’s when we started showing our quality.”