Bassong Ready To Start At West Ham

Sebastien Bassong looks to be an excellent summer signing from Metz, and the French 22 year-old has settled in well at the club, despite all the upheaval over the last few weeks.

Sebastien Bassong – looks to be great buy for Newcastle

The French defender has appeared in each of Newcastle’s last three games, having made his full debut during the 3-2 Carling Cup victory at Coventry City last month.

And, with Chris Hughton set to reshuffle the side following Danny Guthrie’s suspension, Bassong is likely to get a call-up for the East London game.

Sebastien could either play at left back tomorrow, or Steven Taylor could be moved to right back, and then Sebastien could play central defense alongside the stalwart Coloccini.

Bassong told nufcTV today:

“To make the move to Newcastle during the summer was a dream for me and then to make my debut at Coventry was a special moment,”

“But that has gone now and I must concentrate on making the most of my first-team chances.” “So far it has gone well for me personally and I hope to win a place in the team.”

“I’ve had a good pre-season and a good start so I’m fit and ready to play.” “I’ve settled in well in Newcastle and it helps to have so many French speakers here.”

It’s good to hear the youngsters being so positive, given the poor situation at the club.

There’s no doubt the likes of Sebastien and Xisco, are not only excellent young players in the making, but their attitudes are also of the highest order – and that’s very good.

We expect both Bassong and Xisco to start at West Ham United tomorrow.

Comments welcome.

71 comments so far

  • totsy

    Sep 19, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #1


  • Nenad The Serbian Mag

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2

    I thought he said that moving to Newcastle WASN’T his dream move at the time he signed… Perhaps his dreams changed somewhat over the past month or so…

  • Spyro

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Quality youngster, ideally i would like our CB pairing to be Bassong and Coloccini.

  • amble_ball

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #4

    how can you say “there’s no doubt…that xisco is excellent young player in the making” when so far he’s put in one underwhelming 90 minutes?

  • Spyro

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #5

    The best strikers can have a bad game and still pop up with a goal or two. We will see if Xisco can keep this up. Anyway, he played ok apart from a on – off first half.

  • 51times

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Nenad – Yeah, I remember that. I liked him for his honesty.

  • toon mad tom

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #7

    i can’t believe we played edgar instead of bassong like against hull…i was like wtf…play him from the start!!!!!!

  • Spyro

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #8

    toon mad tom

    Hughton had a shocker last week.

  • toon mad tom

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #9

    aye ya right there spyro.

  • dave v

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Good luck to all the new lads, its not your fault what’s happening to our club, and if you are any good enjoy your future careers at Arsenal, Liverpool, Manu etc.

  • Macas

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    To be fair to Hughton who did he have to pick from? Ok he maybe should have put Bassong in and put N’Zogbia in midfield, but Gonzalez only arrived a few hours before kickoff ,and most of our pitifully small squad are injured.

  • Nick

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Credit where it’s due. I think Colo, spidey, Bassong , Guthrie, Xisco and possible Nacho are all and could be great signings. Way better than Luque, Duff, Boumsong, Smith, Barton et al on far less money.
    I still think our recruitment people were doing an Ok job. DW may be obnoxious but he seems connected, as does Jimenez.

    Youth was one area KK neglected and if Ashley does sell, I hope it doesn’t mean the end of people like Kadar etc coming in.

    Some of these kids will sink or swim, but I’d rather play them than tried and trusted expensive flops like Smith.

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Lets hope you he gets played for the full 90 as edgar was terrible.

    Go on son and go on Toon!

  • Spyro

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #14

    i agree Nick

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #15


  • beyethegreat

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #16

    sory for caps i didnt realize i had it on

  • ziad

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #17

    i hope the lad plays instead of edgar who seems to be shockingly untalented although he puts in a good effort…


    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Aye, get Bassong in the team & just in case anyone was wondering…I really think we should play him in defense. Lol

  • Nick

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #19

    No beye was he good? possibly under a decent manager who knows, we had that idiot souness.

  • Marty

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #20

    This guy is a GEM.
    great player i reckon and we could do well with him.Sell him in a few years and get a good sum or hang on to him as he is a utility player

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #21

    nick believe it or not he was even worse for them than us the commentator actually said what is he doing at this level infact hes not good enough to play at any level

  • WesToon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #22

    @ Nick // Sep 19, 2008 at 12:42

    Aye mate,i mean he also had to play next To Fecking Bramble FFS,The Lad Boumsong was doomed from the start,plus like you say we had that complete plonker souness,God im so happy he aint here anymore 🙂

    Ho’way Bassong get in Son

  • WesToon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #23

    @ beyethegreat // Sep 19, 2008 at 12:50

    Agreed mate,i watched the game & he was SHOCKING,like i said before….How can any team have Boumsong & bramble playing???
    SOUNESS thats how…what a shambles!!

  • lesh

    Sep 19, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Nenad The Serbian Mag…

    C’mon man, how many dreams can you remember in detail? Nah, don’t answer that!!

    Give the lad a break and stop takin the mickey out of him!

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #25

    westoon having 1 of them is bad enough never mind both and when you consider our full backs were babayaro and carr it shows just how good given had to be and was

  • Rob

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Thought Xisco did reasonably well last week, put himself about won a few headers, was alwasy on the last man looking to get in behind, also his touch was good and held the ball fine

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #27

    rob youre forgettting that he scored aswell

  • Rob

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #28

    anyone reckon he looks like shearer when he runs? same style

  • Davies

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Loving Bassong. He’s looked pretty steady every time he’s been out. I would certainly pair him with Coloccini in CB over Taylor.

    Also, there was finally some good news for us today. It looks like Smith will be out until December.

    I speak in jest of course. I know I’ll get stick for it, but I’d really like Smudge to get playing again, get a goal, get some confidence and go on a good run. Shame.

  • Irish John

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Wes Toon – LMAO


    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #31

    I think smiths ‘injury’ will keep him out ’til he’s sold in jan, what do ya reckon?


  • SouthLincsToon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #32

    Team for WHU…


    Or… put NZog in CM and Bassong at LB or CB

    Notes: Cacapa had played RB for Lyon and Bassong played CM in couple of NUFC friendlies.

  • beyethegreat

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #33

    i agree davies 9if we can get him playing again he will be a top player also some of the boos he has been getting is a bit harsh in my view i mean at the very least he works hard

  • It Could Be Worse, We Could Be Spurs! (DC)

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Absolutely, the guy deserves praise for being so honest. I also believe there was a lot lost in translation. I think he meant he had never dreamt of playing for Newcastle, why would he? He dreamt of playing for French teams, but the importance of this move could not be underestimated.

    Quality player, reminds me of Distin.


    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #35

    Why the hell do the press seem to think smith being injured is a woe…Shows what they know.
    I heard some div on ssn the other day saying anal oliver was a very well respected journo on tyneside. HA.

    Do some research you divvies.


    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #36

    should play him at LB the morra,its a waste putting the zog there..

  • WesToon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #37

    @ beyethegreat // Sep 19, 2008 at 13:00

    Mate dont even remind me of carr & babayaro

    I just realised that,that back four might be the worst i have ever heard of in any team,that includes the defence of Derby last year!!

  • Timberhead Toon

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #38





  • ScottyT

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #39

    my team would be:

    geremi taylor coloccini bassong
    duff butt nacho nzogbia
    xisco owen

    subs: harper edgar cacapa doninger donaldson danquah shola (i spose) – very weak bench 🙁

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 19, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #40

    Seems as though the press are just jumping on the smith injury. Weve know he was crocked for a while.

    Its no great loss. Not as though he will be missed warming the bench.

    Cant wait til the match tomorrow.

    Anyone on here going? And if so – dont bother your breath about the board – SUPPORT our boys and lets hope 3 point in the bag.

    On another topic – Smoggies and against the Mackems on SS1 tomorrow. My money on Borough to win. They are above us anyway so it doesnt matter. But the mackems – HATE that team!!!


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