NEWCASTLE United have the bit between their teeth ahead of tonight’s game at Goodison Park.
That’s the verdict of midfielder Gael Bigirimana, who could start in the absence through injury of Cheik Tiote.
The teenager has quickly been assimilated into the club’s tight-knit dressing room.
And Bigirimana – who impressed alongside Yohan Cabaye after coming off the bench against Aston Villa earlier this month – is confident the team can still get a result against Everton despite the absence of Tiote, Tim Krul and Danny Simpson through injury.
Influential Fabricio Coloccini is also not expected to be involved.
But Bigirimana’s confident there’s enough talent – and spirit – in a dressing room determined to make a mark at home and abroad this season.
“It’s a good group,” Bigirimana told the Gazette.
“It’s going to be difficult, but that’s why we’ve got to show what Newcastle is all about.
“As individuals, and as a team, we’ve got to show people we want to achieve something – we want to go far.
“We want to make our mark this season, and I believe we can do that.
“It’ll be a tough game at Everton, and we’ll prepare well for it. I’m looking forward to seeing the players back from international duty.
“I’m sure we’ll start getting goals from Demba (Ba) and Papiss (Demba Cisse).”
Pardew’s players wore tracksuit tops with “Ryan Taylor over the wall” written on them before the Villa game.
And Bigirimana feels for his team-mate, who has undergone surgery on a cruciate ligament injury and faces several months on the sidelines.
“I just pray to my God that the likes of Ryan Taylor and Danny Simpson – the boys that are injured – won’t be out very long,” said Bigirimana, signed from Coventry City in the summer.
“I pray for a quick recovery. We’re a team – that’s what you have to be to achieve something.
“I know that meant a lot to Ryan and his family. I told him I’m praying for him. He will get back soon.”