Joe Kinnear has talked today about 22 year-old Sebastien Bassong, who has been a revelation at the center of Newcastle’s defense in our 5 game unbeaten run.
Sebastien Bassong – a revelation in Newcastle defense
Newcastle manager Joe talked about Seb today:
“He has probably been our biggest plus, Sebastien, since I put him in there,”
“I was led to believe when I got here that he was a left full-back, but since he has been shifted to the middle he has been one of our best players.”
“He has made it very difficult for me to leave him out, and with Steven Taylor being injured, he has seized it.”
“He and Coloccini have been outstanding for us. Everybody else now is seeing a new player.”
“Most of the players, if they are honest, didn’t think that Sebastien would still be in the side as he is now.”
Sebastien was always a center-half, who plays on the left side, but he was shifted to left back following the poor form of Jose Enrique at the beginning of the season, but his preferred position, at 6’2″ tall, was always center-half.
Seb is a good example of how the new Newcastle policy of buying young players with great potential fairly cheaply, and then developing them at Newcastle, can be successful.
It can pay off, and in Bassong’s case it paid off quickly, since he was one for the future when he was brought in during August.
But as we discussed yesterday, maybe Mike Ashley’s strategy could work and work well, and it seems it doesn’t have to take a long time to work either, and that’s encouraging.