Joe Kinnear now wants young French defender Sebastien Bassong, who has become the Talk of the Toon with brilliant performances at center-back in his last two games, to turn up the noise a bit at the back.
Sebastien Bassong – Kinnear wants him to get even better
The 22-year-old has defied his lack of Premier League experience in the last two matches by producing two mature performance away at Stamford Bridge, of all places, and the Riverside Stadium, where in both matches he was voted by our readers to be Man Of The Match for Newcastle.
At Stamford Bridge the youngster kept his hero Nicolas Anelka at bay, and he physically controlled Middlebrough’s striker Alfonso Alves continually last Saturday, as he kept out-muscling the big Brazilian.
But Joe Kinnear will keep Bassong’s feet firmly on the floor at Newcastle, as he coaches him to become a possible first team regular for Newcastle in future years, and first thing he wants Seb to improve on is his communication at the back.
Joe talked about the 22 year-old today:
“He’s started to show authority but I would like to think there is still more to come from the lad,” “He’s a bit too quiet at the moment and he needs to stamp his impression on the game and be a lot louder.”
“But he’s done that in recent games so that’s a start and that will come as he gets used to the language and his team-mates.” “Now he’s got a benchmark and his form cannot afford to drop if he’s going to stay in the team but I’ve been delighted with him.”
Good words from Joe and we hope to see consistency become part of Sebastien’s game, but from what we’ve seen of the youngster, his character and temperament are one of his big strengths, and that augers well for his future on Tyneside.
But Stephen Taylor is now fit, and he’ll be itching to get back into the side, but we think he’ll have to wait another week at least, because Coloccini and Bassong are certain to start in the center of the Newcastle defense against Stoke City on Saturday, and we need all 3 points from that game.
What do you think?