Bigirimana ready to fill the void as Newcastle face fixture pile-up

The Burundian midfielder insists that he is prepared to step in and perform for the Magpies as they face a tough run of fixtures in both the Premier League and Europa League
Newcastle's Gael Bigirimana has spoken of his readiness to fill the void for the Magpies as they prepare for a hectic few weeks in both domestic and European competition.

Alan Pardew's side have suffered a number of injuries to key players in recent times and face a hectic September with Premier League games against Everton, Norwich and Reading, a Europa League tie at Maritimo and a League Cup fixture away at Manchester United.

Yet Bigirmana is looking forward to the forthcoming games and says he thrives on a challenge.
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He told The Newcastle Evening Chronicle: "I know things are going well, but there will be hard times, and I love going through hard times.

“That’s a test of character. I’m just blessed with good people around me.

Bigirimana's was in fine form last time out against Aston Villa. The new signing produced a vital tackle on Darren Bent, to preserve a point for Newcastle which has increased his popularity among the faithful, and the starlet spoke of his delight to receive such adulation so early in his career with the club.

He added: "I love making the fans happy, and leaving them with something to cheer about. They pay their money to watch us, so I always want to make sure I give 100 per cent.

“It’s good for the fans who pay to support the club. I’m just grateful to be in this position. They’re great fans.”