Keegan To Decide Soon On Bassong

As we half expected Kevin Keegan has said he will make a decision soon on French trialist Sebastien Bassong.


Sebastien BassongKeegan will decide shortly

Kevin seemed impressed with the Metz defender during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers.

The Frenchman, who just turned 22 earlier this month, played the full 90 minutes at the heart of the Newcastle defense after spending the last week with the Newcastle squad.

His trial only started this week, and not the week before as we had first thought.

Kevin told reporters after the game at Doncaster today:

“I thought he did very well and we’ll see where we go from here.

“He’s not a kid, he’s played 70-odd times in the French First Division and has played for France under-21s.”

“He’s one we’ve had with us a week and we’ve seen him train and wanted to see him in a match and today was a good test for him.”

“For someone very new he did very well.”

As long as he looked as good in training as he did today, we’d fully expect Kevin to try to sign him, if we can agree terms with the player, and a transfer fee with his his club Metz.

Everton have also been interested in the player, but if Newcastle really want him, let’s make this a smooth transfer, and pay the lad what he’s worth, and get him.

He fits the profile we are looking for this summer, and he can also play at left back.

What do you think?

Let us know.

Comments welcome.

37 comments so far

  • alex

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #1

    he would be a good squad purchase, can he not also play left back? however i think we’d still need another top quality centreback.

  • xfer

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Looks good from the commentary of the game. Up to KK…

  • Ben_BKK

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Sign him up, he fits the bill in terms of our supposed transfer policy, and I’m sure he wouldn’t cost too much anyway, so it’s not as if it’d be a huge failure if he wasn’t a great signing.

  • kierran

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #4

    went to keep moat to watch rovers vs newcastle today guys. was a pretty even game. but ive gotta say, the two players that stood out the most for newcastle were Bassong and Guthrie. Bassong is a big physical lad who was like a brick wall, albeilt against an average doncaster attack. Guthrie’s got a great footballing brain, always plays with his head up and looks for a positive pass. so if we can snap up Bassong i think Kev will have made 2 very good, shrewd signings. Now all we need is Insua, Collocini, Van Der Vaart, and Derdiok!
    Zogbia played well today as well, so lets hope we keep him too!

  • MrWinstonChurchill

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Nothing special. He will bomb in the Prem.

    Players in there 20’s don’t go on trial if they are any good.

  • Ross G

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Can I just say is KK mad, he says we are after cover at RB, and LB as we dont have any. Well I agree at LB we dont need cover we need a new first choice – e.g. Sorin free, Placente – free both Argies too lol. As for RB why waste our clearly limited funds on another RB. Sign a LB, Bassong, and Collocini who can play there , but my point is we have a top RB already in Beye, and then Geremi who was quality there at Chelsea keeping out proper int RB, plus like Nobby Solano at RB he has more ball time. I dont like Geremi CM he is good on the right but i prefer Milner etc there. We need e.g. Shorey, Bassong (great back up at LB/CB), and Collocini. Then we can get in a Stephen Appiah type box to box midfielder – Manuel Fernandes and Zigic upfront he would give that extra dimension and he is alot better than some believe he never had a chance at Valencia. How do like them apples

  • Flan

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #7

    off topic
    i just bought the new away jersey from the offical site and when it arrived there was a ticket for the valencia game included. i’m from ireland and i’ll not be able to get across to the match. i know the tickets aint hard come by for a friendly but if anyone wants it i’ll post over to you f.o.c
    it’d be a shame to see it go to waste..
    give me a shout if any of ye want it..

    oh its for the south stand middle tier

  • Alex

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Sounds like a decent player and he is young so will improve . If we wrap this deal up quickly then get the 2 Argentine internationals we are reported to be interested in .We will at least have decent numbers at the back although if they are up to premiership football remains to be seen.

  • aqmin

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #9

    r u serious flan?? can i hve it???

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ll have it flan!! Anyway sign up Bassong, CB cover, play him at left back if needs be. Edgar can be deployed at RB/LB if needed. We need something creative in midfield, and a link up striker.

  • Irish John

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Fair play Flan..Sound man

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Flan my little lad Dominic says he’ll have it. He’s just turned 12 and he would be over the moon mate.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Let a bairn have it lads!.. 😀

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Flan – hey well done!

    Not too sure about the Adidas shirts these days, we need some retro Umbro Shirts and tracksuites – Jossie giants style…

    Blast from the past!!!! QUALITY

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #15

    hahahaha Punk Skunk i take him to the friendlies quite often because they are obviously cheaper then the league tickets, which costs £17.00 and £32.00 for me and that is the cheap seats lol. I used to have a season ticket BUT wor lass put a stop to that she says there to expensive but little does she know i am saving for another hehehehehehe.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon1978, 😀
    …Nice one, sneekin’ behind the mrs back, ya’ didn’t wanna gan teachin’ the bairn that like…Lol!..
    …Gotta get the bairns in early man, give him the ticket Flan!..

  • Lew Davies

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Oh no!!! Not another french nancy boy that has to wear gloves……… lol 🙂

  • tom tomb

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Ross G- KK is not mad we do need a back up right back. We have done this for years Babayaro and Carr as full backs no cover(they were crap).Babayaro is knacked – Oh Ramage can play there-no he could’nt. Duff plays lb Nzog plays lb. Taylor, Edgar& Geremi rb. I would put my 5yo against Geremi at rb he is much quicker.
    We need Taylor to stay at cb, edgar cb etc. We must have players that specialise in a given position. As all you end up with again is a small squad. We only have 4 cb’s and none of them great. Take one of those out to play full back if someone is injured and we are struggling big time.
    Otherwise you are talking good crack with the rest.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #19
  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #20

    Nen of that, look at this, making up some sob story bowt havin a bairn! He’s taking you for a fool, give me the ticket!

    … Only joking mate haha, and hope ya lad has a good day.

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #21

    hahaha Andy i’m taking no one for a mug honestly mate. Total legit.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #22


  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #23

    Would ya’ have Senderos then, he’s commanding & get’s stuck in!..Could imagine him & Faye kickin’ some ass!..

  • Toon1978

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Punk Skunk i would have Senderos no problem. He is a quality defender and would be a good signing.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #25

    He doesn’t mind stickin’ his heed in where it hurts like, does he!..
    …That’s what we need!..Big rough bugger at CB!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Not sure how old he is, but i reckon he’s still got his best years ahead of him…Maybe he could tempt his countryman Inler to join too!..

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #27

    Think i’d prefer somebody big, experienced and reliable though. £6million for Senderos is a bit much methinks.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Who like Andy?..

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Collocini? I think we need a 24-28 year old CB like, for the experience, reliability and the ability to read the game is essential. Woodgate would have been the perfect buy.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #30

    Thought Collocini was LB?..Defo have him anyway!..

  • Joset Mistral

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #31

    sack Wise and others and let KK bring in players. It is going to be another depressing season for NUFC fans again

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Coloccini is a CB.

    Senderos is a really good defender but prone to a howler, however he hs brilliant potential and is better than what we have, inclduing Faye IMO + he has only just turned 23.

  • chuck

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #33

    I mentioned trying for Senderos a while back and the general opinion was really negative.
    So has he improved immensely or are you guys getting more desperate by the day ?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Dunno, personally i’ve always rated him and for £4-6mil it would be a good deal.

  • cobbo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #35

    I do not no what’s worse a club that once shopped in harrods but is now sneaking in netto for it’s playing staff , or us mugs sucked in to believing it’s for the good of the club. We are a month away from a right f*** up and another season of utter crap , for goodness sake will a millionaire’s yes man see sence and have a word!!!!!!!!

  • AndyNUFC

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #36

    Well if it gets to January and it’s tits up and Ashley doesn’t back Keegan I can expect a huge backlash from fans, unless some top quality players are brought in.

  • scotty

    Jul 27, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #37

    For anyone who has never heard of or seen jossys giants – Jossy is the plumber in coronation street. Quite sad that i know that…..


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