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PRESS WATCH: “I think Bigi was magnificent – his energy, his drive, his quality.” - Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

13 September 2016

The Coventry City Manager has been speaking to the Coventry Telegraph about the development of Academy graduate Gael Bigirimana...

The City boss has hailed 22-year old Bigirimana after a succession of confident performances since his summer return to the club. 

Now in his third stint in the West Midlands, Bigirimana is looking to recapture the kind of form that saw him catch the eye of then-Premier League side Newcastle in 2012.

A star man against Millwall at the weekend, the midfielder has already began to establish a good partnership with Bulgarian international Vladimir Gadzhev and the City boss has started to notice how 'Bigi' is taking more of a leadership role in the dressing room.

He said: “He’s still a young boy but he cares very much about this football club and he’s growing into a leader. He’s back at Coventry to be successful, to become the top player we all know he can be. He looks a different player from the one we took on loan last season.

“He and Vlad are both good footballers, as are Chris McCann and Ben Stevenson who probably bring more physicality.

Talking about the Millwall game, Mowbray added: “These are the places you have to come and, in that part of the field, stick your flag down and fight for your ground. And we did that – we showed some resolution and character."


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