Kinnear Expecting Bigger Things From Bassong

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?

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    He has been consistently good so far, let’s hope he keeps this up.

  • 51times

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s done very well with Coloccini at the back, long may it continue.

  • fredydownunder

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    keep playing the kid

  • fredydownunder

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    great buy

  • Monster

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Yeah hopefully this isn’t just a flash in the pan. I could get used to having a good centre half pairing. Also, I hope if Bassong does keep up his good form that Taylor doesn’t just walk straight back into the side. Before any Taylor-botters have a go at me for that – I don’t have owt against Taylor as such, I just think it would be daft to break up a good defence. Also, I think Taylor would benefit from some bench time.

  • AO

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6
  • big dogg

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    taylor is tripe in comparison! bassong and colo in my eyes!

    taylor for the bench next to cacapa

  • steve

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Bassong and Collocini should be our CB pairing until one or the other has a serious drop in form or is injured before Tayls is even thought about for the 1st team

  • eaststander

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #9

    One of the real good things to come out of a so far horrible season for Newcastle, i hope the lad continues like this well done Bassong.

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    Bassong has been fantasic for us in the last two games! Let’s not all get too carried away as he has only done it at cetre half for these two games but long may it continue and we might have a real player on our hands!

    I’m not sure how JK will play it on Sat! I have a feeling that enrique will drop to the bench and Joe will play taylor at left back to combat the arial bombardment that stoke will bring with them! Taylor is a strong presence in the air and i feel that JK will look at that!

    On the other hand we need to attack stoke and should have alot of the ball therefore playing charlie at left back and going with three upfront with butt, guthrie and jonas in the middle might also be an option…

    My team for sat is (because of stokes arial threat would be);


    Beye Bassong Colo Taylor

    Jonas Butt Guthrie

    Owen Viduka Martins

    I’m really looking forward to sat’s game…Let’s wrap up warm though as it will be freezing!!! And cmon lads and lasses lets make some noise because we really need these 3 points

  • UTD111

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Y’know…for a bloke who was never going to talk to the press, Jokin Here never shuts up!!!! LOL
    Bassong has played well – as I said in another thread – wonder if Jokin will consider Taylor for Left Back to make him available for corners and the much vaunted Delapp hoy in??

  • Kevin nichol

    Dec 4, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #12

    Utd111 just as i have just posted! Taylor is a great shout for left bk on sat! It seems simple enough but as this blog does not appear to hv many steven taylor admirers we will more than likely get hammered for it

  • Monster

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Tbh, if JFK is thinking about playing Taylor, I’d expect him to put Bass in at left back and Taylor in the middle.

  • bowburnmag

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #14

    UTD111 and Kevin Nichol – Taylor right-back perhaps but not left-back? Then switch Beye across there as he’s more mobile and adaptable? I just have this horrible image of Taylor stiffly manouvering around on the left swinging his peg leg and creating havoc.

  • Barmy Army

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #15

    AO –

    Ive always sat here reading your comments thinking how you were quite slow…. and now you have pulled up a story from August 2007 I know you are. Your a season behind, to get you back up to speed though, Tottenham arn’t 11th anymore, there near the bottom by newcastle yet you still slag Newcastle off. Its only a season on any your still trying to live in the past when u won something arnt you? Its a little bit sad to do that after one season…

  • Stardust

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    If Taylor wasnt a Geordie the fans would hate his guts and wouldnt see any potential at all

  • Barmy Army

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #17

    *on “and” your

  • bowburnmag

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #18

    I rate Taylor but I wouldn’t say he gets a place in the team by default. Collocini and Bassong are playing well together. Stay with form. I’d also try to let Enrique play himself into a bit of form. Get some confidence back Or maybe a spell out will do him good.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #19

    There’s no way that Taylor should play at LB, in fact i wouldn’t even play him…Keep the same defenseive set up, at least ’til it goes wrong…
    …We must keep faith with the back 4 after doin’ well at chavs & smogs…2 away clean sheets deserves more time to gell further…Otherwise it sends the same stupid message as fat sham…Players doin’ well, but when regulars get fit their straight back in…We’ve gotta get them to understand that they must fight for their place…Not just walk back in…Bassong & Enrique have done well & must be startin’ to get to know each others game, stick with them & let them grow…

  • goochy23

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    agree mayb dont wana do it but switch bassong left back and put taylor in the centre. if were gona play him at least put him in his best position

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    AO that was from 2007 and the only team upset about it is middlseborough. If it were truly racist there would have been more of an uproar. He looks like the shoe bomber… sucks but its true. The fans who shouted are guilty of physical discrimination. Like calling dukes a fat bastard.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Why bring Taylor back?..
    …Just ‘cos he’s fit?..

    …Na, Na & thrice NA!..

    …Don’t break up a useful back 4…

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Can we ALL please stop givin’ that ‘bitter’ spud that comes on here no oxygen…Don’t bite or converse with it…It’s sooo FFFFF borin’!..

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Taylor is only good enough for the bench.

    It seems JFK is putting pressure on Bassong because he favours Taylor, well thats the impression I get.

    I true, JFK is a tool.

  • UTD111

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Looks like Keano and his dog have defo walked away from the mackems this time……

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #26

    I bet the dog went first!.. 😀

  • tuka

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #27

    goochy23 ,Why?
    shift Bassong to left back and put Taylor in the centre because thats his best position.Dont you think thats Bassong’s best position,WE BOUGHT HIM AS A CENTRE BACK.both players are the same age, one is a lot better than the otherStevie Taylor take a seat on the bench son and watch and learn.

  • tuka

    Dec 4, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #28


  • oba martins=legend

    Dec 4, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #29

    ffs dont put tayls at lb. for me cb he does however look very handy at rb but not in place of the king habib beye so unless beye can play lb dont fix wat aint broke i do rate stevie t but not at lb he wont b comfortable n thats jus gonna put unnecessary pressure on the rest of the defence. when owen dissapears get the duke on n mayb even ranger for guthrie if we aint lookin like scorin the boy is a predator n deserves his chance surely a better option than strolla bambeobi

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 4, 2008 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #30

    I agree Taylor should come back into the fold, BUT NOT at the expense of Seb!

    Beye Colo Bassong Taylor


    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #31

    bench taylor! he can have second half if bassong is not playing well. don’t break defensive partnerships if they kept you clean sheets!


    Dec 4, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #32

    just looking at bassongs wiki; he graduated from them same school that anelka, saha, gallas and henry went to…perhaps a future french captain in the making.

  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #33

    Bassong is class i think, he reminds me very much of Beye. A strong consistant performer that has v good timing…key for a defender.

    Keep back 4 as it is atm.

    Just need to get the goals going again, finally stop conceding and we cant score !


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