Sebastien Bassong Can Become Newcastle Great


Habib Beye has tipped new arrival Sebastien Bassong for a big future at the Newcastle United club.

Sebastien Bassong – terrific young prospect for Newcastle United

And anybody who has witnessed Bassong’s performances this season, culminating in his excellent display at Stamford Bridge last Saturday, will hardly want to argue with the Newcastle right-back. Bassong has already appeared 10 times this season for the club, with 6 starts and has played very well.

The Senegal full-back Beye, who like Bassong was born in the French capital of Paris, is clear that Newcastle and Dennis Wise have found a real star in the making in the young Frenchman.

Habib told nufcTV today:

“Seb was fantastic against Chelsea,” “He is only 22 years old, but he is a very confident player.”

“By playing him in the center of defence, Joe Kinnear has given him that confidence because that is his best position.

“He showed against Chelsea he can play against top players.” “He can be a great player for Newcastle United in the future.”

We wouldn’t think of arguing with what Habib says, and we fully expect Coloccini and Bassong to line up in central defense for our testing game at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

That’s whether Steven Taylor is fit or not, but Joe is likely to field the same back four after their heroics last weekend.

And we’re sure that Kinnear will keep Bassong’s feet firmly on the ground, and tell him to keep his head down, and not start believing his own headlines, which is a certain way downward.

But Seb has a terrific temperament and attitude, and we look forward to the same again from the youngster at The Riverside Stadium on Saturday. If Seb and Coloccini can play as well on Saturday as they did at Chelsea, then we must have a good chance of all 3 points, which is what we all need and want.

Comments welcome.


86 comments so far

  • Shearbliss

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Shows what KK knew about him “one for the future” he is one for NOW! When you have played the amount of games he did for Metz he was always value for money at a few mil. THANK you MA THANK you DW!

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  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Our own Viera perhaps?

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  • Alex

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    You have got to admit the dwarf has brought some good youngsters in , and if Bassong continues as he has started then we have one of the best defenders in the premiership in another couple of seasons . This lad looks a great player in the making .

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  • broon ale

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #4

    shearbliss. pull your head out your arse buddy! Thanking Mike Ashley and Dennis Wise is ludicrous! We have one of the smallest squads in the league. We have dropped points against, Sunderland, Wigan, Hull, West ham, Blackburn and Fulham. All of these teams are around us at the moment. Thats worrying sign in my eyes. We needed a left back but we didnt get one. We got Xisco and Gonzalez. Our blueprint was supposed to be signing hungry players with the best years of their careers ahead of them (Milner anyone?) but instead we are loaning a 27 year old uruguayan! Ashley has said he is only prepared to input 20 million a year into the club! What on earth is that going to get you these days? Dennis Wise has not even bothered his arse in coming to support the 2 lads he brought it on transfer deadline day. Up untill a few weeks ago ourselves and spurs were the only 2 teams in the league with the continental management structure. We were bottom and second bottom of the league respectavely. Spurs done away with that structure and have now climbed the table. We still find ourselves in the relegation zone.

    how can you support such a clueless board! ?

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  • broon ale

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Bill F? the new viera? Perhaps if Seb was a midfielder.. perhaps. As he happens to be a centre half. Sadly no!

    have a word

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  • graeme

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #6

    After the superb performance by the back 4 against Chelski, I cant see how Taylor is going to get a game anytime soon. Not once did Bassong fall asleep, take his eye off the ball, lose track of what he was doing. He was ably partnered By Colo, who is also a class act.

    Taylor could well use his time out injured to watch and learn – even if it is from a younger player. Bassong has shown none of the uncertainties that Taylor carries around with him.

    Just need 3 points off the Smoggies to consolidate last weeks result and start climbing the table!!!

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  • Little Willie

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Broon ale – How does Spurs getting rid of their DOF have anything to do with their climb up the league? Are you saying he had a direct affect on what was happening on the pitch?

    What really happened was Spurs replaced a manager that couldn’t adapt to the Premiership in Ramos and replaced him with a more suited manager in Redknapp, all of the players that have played a large part in their climb up the league have been scouted and recommended by Comolli.

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  • Ryan Peacock

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    was well impressed with him in pre season but hasnt reach them heights yet but did well at chelsea

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  • tino97

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Seb looks promising for the future. We will see what he is like in a run of games. Its all well and good putting in a big performance against Chelsea. But he needs to do it week in and week out. I think he has all the physical attributes to become a good defender, but I would like another top quality and experienced centre half to come in Jan or the Summer. We don’t want to put to much pressure on him.

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  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Broon Ale, I think you are being too pedantic about positions. Viera was more than a midfielder, he was a rock in their defence as well. I always thought of him as an attacking centre half (if you want to talk old money).

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #11

    I like Bassong and hope he does well.
    I just can’t wait to be sold,my hatred of all things ashley and co just lingers in my head all the time.

    We really need a change of scenery sometime soon as the current one just gets on my shattered nerves.
    Hope we batter Boro… predicting a draw.

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  • broon ale

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #12

    i dont think its purely a coincedence that Daniel Levvy decided he had had enough of Poyet, Ramos and commoli and suddently spurs climb the table.

    My main point was to highlight the plight of Newcastle. I simply pointed out that Spurs and ourselves were operating teh continental management structure. As it stands now Spurs done something about but we are still swearing by it. That makes us the only team in the divison with this system. We are still in the bottom three and we have lost points to most of the teams around us. defeats against west ham, hull, sunderland, blacburn and fulham and a draw against 10 man wigan at home.

    Worrying signs by anyone standards!!!

    and yet people still praise Ashley and Wise just because he has signed some gems.

    The bigger picture tell us they are failing in their jobs!

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  • broon ale

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Bill F. Apologies. I can never remember Viera playing at Centre half. I will take your word for it. However I dont think that Seb will have the same influence as Viera though. As a man or a player. I would love it if he did though.

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  • sav

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #14

    We don’t believe your headlines either, Ed.
    Ya big fibber!

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  • Spyro

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Daniel Levy basically confirmed that he has only momentarily suspended his contintental approach until Redknapp leaves.

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  • broon ale

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Spyro. What?

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  • sav

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #17

    ‘Momentarily’?
    ‘ow long is ‘arry expected to last?

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  • Spyro

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #18

    When asked in an interview whether the continental apprach has been completely abolished, Levy simply said, “whilst Harry is here”.

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  • Little Willie

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #19

    The mistake you’re making is lumping Comolli in with Ramos and Poyet, the 2 of them were having a direct affect on what was happening on the pitch as they were training the players, picking the team and responsible for the teams low confidence.

    Comolli on the other hand had no direct input on what tactics were used and only had a big say in what players the club were looking at, and it’s those players that he suggested the club go for that are pulling them away from relegation and up the table.

    The reason Levy got rid of Comolli was to save his own skin because the fans had turned against him, mainly because of how he handled the whole Berbatov affair which meant they never had the finances to go out and bring Arshavin in in time.

    Out of interest, how many more points do you think we would have if Keegan was still here? Do you think we would have lost to Hull, Sunderland, Blackburn and Fulham?

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  • broon ale

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #20

    I cant imagine levvy came out and and confirmed he is only “suspending” the system which completely failed him untill redknapp leaves. Why would he talk of Redknapp leaving after only 5 minutes of him being in charge. and why would he show willingness to return to a structure which failed him. I read his statement and he said he felt the club needed to return to more traditional methods of managment.

    so do Newcastle in my opinion. We cant overlook the failures of Ashley and Wise just because of the signings of Bassong, Jonas and Colo.

    its plain to see. They have messed up and we are where we are because of it

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  • Spyro

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #21

    Do you guys honestly think Levy wants Redknapp as a long term manager? I doubt it, he just wants him to get them out of this mess. He will soon get the next manager of the moment. Probably go for Dick Advocaat or Hiddink etc.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Broon Ale

    I just told you what he said in a television interview. You cannot deny it, it is the truth.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    It wouldnt surprise me if Redknapp was just a stop gap between now and when Bilic makes himself available.

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  • broon ale

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #24

    sounds to me little willie like Mike ashley should take a leaf out of levvys book!

    he showed some balls and done something about it. Mike Ashley always had/has that option.

    And yes I do beleive we would have beat Fulham, Hull, Blacburn, wigan and Sunderland if Keegan was in charge.

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  • Shearbliss

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Fair play broon ale for your opions but you must get your facts straight. We are not he only team with a continental system. Frank Arnison does the same job for Chelsea as DW. Plus Abranovic choses alot of the plyers to buy hence mourino’s departure! Man City now have owners telling the managre who to buy! West Ham have a continental system, so we are not the only ones.
    Now for me thanking the board that is trying to improve the team in there way it is up to me. All these haters are like sheep just picking holes in everything. I did NOT rate milner so no real lost, I have seen gonzolas play and he is a class attacking midfieler,can’t rate xcsco but he will need a good run of games to get to the pace of PL. We tried to get a LB from Germany but pulled out last minute. And for once I agree with this board that you should not throw good money at bad. Are you saying just buy any defender with a left foot? You would be the first on this blog saying how s**t they are. If you really look at the team are we losing games because we have no LB. we lose games because of lack of confidence and lack of concentration in my opinion!
    So broon ale stop being such a negitive arse and start looking at the situation WE FANS put ourself in and stop blaming everyone. IT HAPPENS EVERY YEAR!

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  • Spyro

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Personally i am happy KK has gone. he would have taken us nowhere imo.

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  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Broon ale, no probs, I’m not saying you are wrong, its the way I have thought he was as a player. You can never tell how they are going to progress but if he got near to his standard I would be more than happy.
    As for Spurs I would doubt if much has changed internally (in fact). It just needed one person to take real control of a bunch of very good players, which is what Harry has done. And what Joe is trying to do with a squad (and it hurts to say this) who are not as good, yet.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #28

    Bill F

    Levy said, “whilst Harry is here.” When asked whether he had completely abolished his continental approach to management.

    He will implement it once again when he hires his next foreign manager.

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  • Little Willie

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Interesting that you think we would have beaten those teams if Keegan was still here because if we had we would be sat in 3rd in the Premiership at the moment, which makes Keegan’s decision to walk away because the squad isn’t good enough even more baffling.

    It also highlights the main point I was trying to get across to you that it’s the manager that is responsible for picking up the points and not whether a club has a continental set up at board level or not.

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  • bowburnmag

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Little Willie – The truth is, if none of this cr*p had ever gone on, it could have been a totally different story. Even with the squad KK was left with. The team would have been settled but we may still have struggled because we didn’t get more players through the door. The likelihood is that a) we might not have been setting the world alight but b) it wouldn’t matter too much about a) because KK fans would be happy he was still here, those opposed to KK would be a silent (ish) minority as they’d not yet have much to complain about and we’d be ticking along looking to the future. I think we’d be about 7th or 8th right now, personally.

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  • broon ale

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #31

    i beleive the german player we failed to sign last minute was Schwinstieger, Not a left back!

    Anyway.. your sheep comment is an easy notion to buy into when the majority of peoples opinions differ from your own. It could be that the majority are simply more intune than you. The men you are thanking are responsible for bringing the club you support to its knees!

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  • Spyro

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #32

    broon ale

    That Schweinsteiger story came from a tabloid paper and has absolutely no substance. No quotes no nothing. It was just nonsense to wind up the fans further and carry the ‘cockney mafia’ nonsense going. As if Schweinseiger would have left Munich to come to us.

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  • Nick 69

    Nov 27, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #33

    shearbliss- why you thanking MA and DW for bassong, i think ull find it was keegan who took him on a 2 week trial and then decided that he wanted to sign him FOOL!!

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  • broon ale

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Willie. No one could have predicted the the premier league would be as it is. Therefore I cant agree with you highlighting Keegans decison to walk way as even more baffling in responce to my opinion that we would have indeed won those games .

    i think we all expect to win home games against hull, wigan and blackburn as well as the derby away to sunderland.

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  • Little Willie

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #35

    bowburnmag – And would being sat in 7th or 8th at the moment be such a failure? The club desperately needs building back up yet supporters seem to demand instant success or they walk out on the club in their 1000’s.

    I for one wouldn’t have a problem with a 7th or 8th place finish, it would have been something to build on which is what we’re desperate for as a club, looking back at league positions after Robson’s first 2 seasons at the club or Martin O’Neills first full season in charge at Villa then I think a 7th or 8th place finish would be more than acceptable.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Nick69

    stop being so aggressive. KK may have taken him on trial, but who recomended him to KK? Stop jumping to the defence of him when you, like everyone else, do not know the truth.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #37

    I’m glad Schweinsteiger, didn’t leave Munich, I’d only take him over Duff as a winger.

    He is good in the centre though, crap on the wing.

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  • broon ale

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #38

    to clarify in case I am getting the wrong end of the stick.. So am I right in thinking that we actually have people in favour of Mike ashley and Dennis wise because we have signed a few decent players.. And you are comfortable with everything else that has gone on and the fact we have relegation written all over us as long as we sign a few decent players???

    Madness!! it really is!

    our club is on its knees!! seriously!

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  • Little Willie

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Spyro – The Schweinseiger rumour is true, we had a bid accepted but he turned us down because he’s out of contract next Summer so he can get a better deal/club then.

    The left back we were after was Warnock but that failed after Ince threatened to quit if anymore players left after Bentley, we then moved for Atouba but that fell through for some unknown reason after he was supposed to come over for a medical.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 27, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #40

    I am not in favour of MA. However, i do personally feel that the continental approach is not to blame. What IS to blame is the failure to implement the style of management properly and effectively. I feel this sort of approach requires a happy medium in order to succeed; some cheap buys and some quality buys that may cost a pretty penny. MA just goes for the cheap buys. I know price doesn’t necessarily determine quality, but sometimes you DO have to pay for quality. Otherwise, Ferguson etc would spend no money would they.

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