The influx of new arrivals at St James’ Park coupled with Alan Pardew’s decision to largely overlook Gael Bigirimana last season could prompt the former Coventry City star to seek a move away from the club.
That is according to the 20-year-old himself who discussed his future after he was left out of Newcastle’s squad for a two-game pre-season tour of New Zealand.
Though a loan away from the Magpies may be one option Bigirimana previously spoke out against such a move, stating last year that he would rather fight for a first-team place or simply move away permanently.
And in an interview with the Shields Gazette this week, the former Coventry City man admitted that the uncertainty surrounding his future at the club could force him to seek a move away and the chance to play first-team football at a lower level.
"Things were looking brighter, but things can change quickly," he told the news provider.
"Sometimes you find yourself at the the top of the world in football, and very soon you find yourself at the bottom of the world.
"But if the manager doesn’t see you in his plans, then there’s nothing you can do, but see if you can get some games, and see what the future holds."
Bigirimana was previously linked with a shock loan return to Coventry but with both club and player subsequently ruling out such a move, another interested party could yet emerge, depending on whether Newcastle decide to officially put the player on the market.
Signed for an undisclosed fee believed to be somewhere in the region of £500,000 and £1 million, the Burundi-born star is currently contracted to the club until 2017 and could opt to stay at St James’ Park and draw a significant wage packet rather than drop down a division.
The most logical solution could therefore be for Bigirimana to move to a fellow Premier League club as part of a season-long loan that would help him further adapt to the demands of the English-top flight.
Such a suggestion remains just that at this stage with further developments predicted in the coming weeks and months.