Chris Hughton today has said that when young Seb Bassong was brought in during the summer, they thought this season would be an adjustment season for the young Frenchman, but Seb has come on in leaps and bounds and has surprised even the Newcastle coaching staff.
Seb Bassong – a welcome surprise on the upside
Newcastle Assistant Manager Chris Hughton said today:
“Every week we look a bit more resilient, a bit more solid and a bit more confident. That’s what we’ve had in the last couple of games.”
“Sebastien has come off the back of two very good performances – he played well again. We brought him in in the summer and he’s a very good center-half who can also play left-back.”
“When he came in we felt he was just underneath what we already had. We needed to lift the quality of what we had, but his progress has been a lot quicker than what we thought. “
“You could say he’s surprised us. There can be a risk throwing a young player into the kind of environment we’ve been faced with, but Sebastien has thrived. It’s a welcome surprise.”
“With any young player, particularly when we’ve had periods when things haven’t done well, there’s trepidation around the place – are they going to do well, are they experienced and confident enough?”
“But the reality is that you only know when you put them in. He has certainly risen to the challenge.”
Dennis Wise may have his detractors at the club, but we’ve got to give him and the scouts credit for bringing in Bassong, Coloccini, Guthrie and Gutierrez to the club in the summer.
Four great signings who cost around £13M total, and all four are starters right now. 😀