Bassong Pledges Allegiance To Newcastle

Sebastien Bassong has come out today and said that the rumors suggesting he wants to leave Newcastle in the January transfer window are just not true.

Seb Bassong – Frenchman is very happy on Tyneside

Bassong joined the Tyneside Premier League side following a successful trial during the summer, when he impressed then manager Kevin Keegan.

Bassong seems happy with Joe Kinnear’s contribution at the club, and thinks Joe should be given a chance to continue in charge of the team. Deb talked to Setanta Sports:

“The manager makes the squad feel more confident so we can say he has boosted the troops,” “Honestly, I have no idea whether he is going to stay until the end of the season or leave from one day to another, and all I can say is that he is doing a very good job.”

“You know things can change very quickly at this football club, and as far as managers are concerned it is all about results.” “We as players are aware of the club’s situation, but we are mentally ready to cope with the instability of the atmosphere at Newcastle United.”

“The club could be taken over from one day to another and you have to be focused on what you have to do yourself.” “I am not thinking of leaving the club, my priority is just playing more often.” “Whatever is happening around the club, I am fine here.”

The defeat on Sunday away at Fulham 2-1, has taken the sails out of Newcastle, who were on a good two game home winning streak, after also losing at Sunderland 2-1.

But poor defensive play cost us the game on Sunday, so it was in our own hands to have won that game.

Seb continued:

“It broke our series despite there being room for earning points,” “But we are not dead even though we expected a third consecutive victory.”

Bassong is a good lad and seems to have been an excellent buy from Metz in the summer, and it’s good to hear the young ones coming out and pledging some kind of allegiance to the club, in such a tricky time for all concerned at Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Well good to see he wants to stay and Kinnear’s comments dont seem to have had any ill effects. He should be first choice left back for me Enrique hasnt been at his best.

  • lesh

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Thank gawd he’s not talking about bailing out already!

  • Nick 69

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #3

    he should not be first choice left back, hes not a left back and you can tell, he should however be first choice centre back along with coloccini

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    He should be because he might not be a proper left back but his performances at left back have been better than Enrique’s. The only time you can tell he is a centre half is when he needs to cross the ball and the priority for a left back is defending not attacking.

  • Marko

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Does anyone else think selling Abdullaye Faye on the cheap was a really awful decision? He was our best centre back last season and nobody seemed to care when we sold him. It’s obvious now that there’s no real cover in these positions anymore.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    What rumours? I have not seen or heard any.

  • Len

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Does it not strike you as a bit odd that a French dude from Metz speaks English like a London PR agent?

  • adam

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    i can sleep easy tonight now

  • Ben-Toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Marko – Agree mate we have never replaced him, it seems he wanted to leave because he couldnt settle or fallen out with someone, no one tried very hard to keep him here.

    He would have been great with Collo

  • Spyro

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Bassong should not start ahead of Enrique. Enrique is a proper left back and some of his long passes are nothing short of superb. Enrique just needs to brush up a bit on his defending and he will be class.

    I agree with Nick69, Bassong should be a first choice CB, and if not first choice, at least second choice after Taylor. Cacapa is not made for the prem.

  • Cyprus-Toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    Bassong is a CB & Faye left because of what happened to Big Sam, who signed him from Bolton 🙁
    I too think that Bassong should be first choice with Collocini, Baye & Enrique as they will gell with a few games under their belts… as for Tayls, he’s making too many costly errors but is being picked because he’s from Newcastle, even tho he’s cockney born!!!

  • AO

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    tom toon- its not long till the january transfer window. I bet you are getting excited. Who looks good on youtube at the moment? Who should newcastle be looking to buy?

  • Ben-Toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #13

    We have 2 good centre halfs and one world class, We still need a premership quality centre half for cover and to fight for the first team spot.

  • Ben-Toon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    I see Elano is upset at not being picked for City.
    He would fit well in our team next to Barton. The only way I can see us getting him tho is if Owen goes to City and we do a swap deal !!!

  • irish_al

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #15

    I would happily take Elano and Onouha

    Onouha could cover right back and centre back and Elano could play in midfield or upfront or probably best in a supporting or free role not to dis-similar to that in which Michael Owen was employed at the tail-end of last season

  • NotAGhostToon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #16

    It annoys me that people are questioning enrique’s ability, because i don’t think he’s too bad defensively and is really good going up, put in some good crosses. This may sound naive, but would enrique work as a winger? he’s not slow, can put in a good cross and is quite strong, and lets face it a name like Jose Enrique sounds much more like a winger

  • kevtoon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Bassong wanting to stay doesn’t really excite, but nor would I want him to leave – he is ok, decent cover at CB and LB – but not really PL class…Enrique to gradually getting there, but he is taking a long time to get to grips with things. It’s a shame we lost Faye but he left out of loyalty to Big Sam. In January we still need (and have done for ages) another strong CB, a first class LB, a ball playing CM and a target man style of CF. Not confident we’ll get anywhere near this even if there is a takeover….but at the moment we are making do with a very makeshift team/squad. I fear that in Jan we may lose Owen and N’Zogbia, and I don’t care what others say, Owen is our best player by a country mile, my issue with him is simply to number of games missed due to injury. He would be mad to sign a new contract with us, but seeing as we haven’t even opened proper discussions he cannot be blamed really….

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Anyone glad we didn’t waste money on dick dunne yet?..
    …Enrique’s doin’ alright, he’s gettin’ there…His defendin’ is ok, he made a couple of mistakes ages ago…Got a great pass on him too…
    …I’d rather our defense did what it said on the can…Defend, 1st & foremost!..

  • irish_al

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #19

    i don’t think Enrique would be that good as a winger, wing back maybe, at a push

    in my opinion Enrique is better at left back that Bassong and although his passing can be hit and miss (long ones seem to be more successful than short ones) it seems better than that of Bassong, when he played left back he seemed to find great difficulty finding a pass, one of very few flaws ive seen with him, i do think Bassong has potential but he is more suited to being a centre back that left back, i would roughly liken him to Silvestre, a centre back that can play left back, but in doing so will stay back rather than overlap so whilst solid defensively offers little going forward, Enrique may be no Ashley Cole on the left wing but to me seems suited to playing diagonal crosses from just inside the oppositions half, our most attacking fullback is Habib Beye and he will often overlap on the right wing and i feel it is best to have a contrasting style of play from your full backs to mix things up a bit (however maybe the best can do both well)

  • NotAGhostToon

    Nov 11, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #20

    good review there irish_al.
    I think ultimately enriques shown signs but has still not had that many games and needs time, its as simple as that.

  • dan

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #21

    I think if Seb had played instead of Cacapa we would have got a point or even won the game.

    Imagine a defense of
    Enrique, Bassong, Collocini, Beye
    After a few games I think it would be class.

    And no Steven ‘ the Donkey’ Taylor.

  • Nathan

    Nov 11, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #22

    He really should have started


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