Kevin Keegan and Newcastle have agreed a 3 year contract to bring French youngster Sebastien Bassong from Metz, for an undisclosed fee, but thought to be about Â£1.5M.
Seb Bassong – 3 year dealÂ for the youngster – now it’s up to him
As we expected Keegan has stressed the French Under-21 international, is one for the future, and will not be an automatic choice for the first team.
The Newcastle manager said today:
â€œI think heâ€™s one for the future.” â€œHeâ€™s got good experience. We had him for a week, so we knew about him.”â€œThe big thing was having him in for that week. If we had not been able to look at him, we probably wouldnâ€™t have done it.”
â€œBut we had him in, saw him around the players and saw his standard.” â€œWeâ€™re improving that layer just behind the first team with players who can jump in â€“ and heâ€™s certainly one of those.”
â€œHeâ€™s played a lot of times in the French First Division, so heâ€™s got a lot of experience for a young boy.” â€œI donâ€™t know how many games Tayls has played, but he would be similar to him in that respect.â€
We think players like Sebastien are great buys for the club, because in a couple of years or less, they will be pushing for a first team spot, and presumably will be a lot better than they are.
We’d like to see a couple more youngsters brought in before the end of the month, and some could be even younger than Bassong.
But we think this is a wise policy (excuse the pun) for Newcastle.