Sebastien Bassong had his best game in a black and white shirt on Saturday at Chelsea, as he strolled majestically through the game, continually cutting out the Chelsea danger down the middle, and he must have impressed any manager looking at the game.
Sebastien Bassong covering James O’Hara on Saturday
22 year old Seb Bassong is good in the air, good on the ground and has a great temperament and terrific attitude, as you will see from the following interview he gave to the Newcastle Journal today.
With qualities like these he could turn out to be a great buy for the Tyneside club.
In fact four of our summer signings – Bassong, Guthrie, Gutierrez and Coloccini all played big parts in the draw at Chelsea, so we have certainly improved the squad over the summer, even though it is still too small in numbers.
Seb was delighted not only to play against his hero and fellow countryman, Nicolas Anelka, but he says his Dad is very proud of him since Anelka was his father’s favorite player too.
Bassong said after the game:
“I’m happy with my own performance,” “It has always been one of my dreams to play against Nicolas Anelka, and now I have done it. But it would not have been a very good dream if he had scored against me.”“I love Anelka as a player and a man, so I am delighted I got the chance to play against him, and even more delighted I did well to help get a result for the team.”
“Nicolas was in Clairefontaine like me. He was always held up as proof of what is possible. As a defender at Clairefontaine at the age of 12 or 13, you are shown videos of Nicolas Anelka to teach you how to defend against the best strikers in the world.”
“I used to watch those videos and marvel at the runs he would make and the goals he would score. But I never thought I would get the chance to play against him.” “He is a legend in France, but he didn’t score against me and I’m proud of that. Maybe watching all of those videos helped me predict what he was going to do.”
“I have already been on the phone to my dad. I imagine he is very proud of me because he was also a massive Anelka fan when I was growing up. He will be telling all of his family and friends his son has played against Anelka.”
“I am sure he will be desperately searching the television channels to see if he can find any highlights.” “This is probably the hardest ground in the Premier League to come to and get a result,”
“We were always going to have to be very solid to come away with a point, and thankfully that is exactly what we were. We defended very well all match.’’
There are not many times Bassong has come in and played badly for the Newcastle side this season, and he is already pushing for a starting position somewhere along the back four.
His best position is certainly in central defense but he is also more than useful at left-back, being a left sided defender. If Steven Taylor is fit for the vital game at Middlesbrough on Saturday look for Seb keeping his position in central defense and Steven maybe moving in at left back.
41% of our readers think Sebastien was our Man Of The Match on Saturday, with Given second at 23%, Coloccini third at 17% and Beye fourth at 8%, You can still vote if you haven’t already done so.
It warms the heart to see some of our younger players put in performances like Bassong did at Chelsea on Saturday, when he’s so young and still inexperienced, but he looked great, and epitomized the Geordie spirit.