Seb Bassong Knows All About The FA Cup


Seb Bassong is a budding star at Newcastle and his solid performance on Saturday further justifies the view that this guy can become a Newcastle great if he is handled right and keeps his feet on the ground.

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Seb Bassong – wonderful prospect for both Newcastle and France?

And of course the great Bobby Moncur was one of the first to recognise just how good the youngster was, before he had cemented a starting place at Newcastle, and Bobby knows a think or two about defending.

After Newcastle got a good home tie with Millwall or Crewe Alexandra in the 4th round, this should give the team a terrific incentive to beat Hull next week at St. James’ Park.

The young French star talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“It’s in our hands.” “We’re still in the competition and we have to happy with the draw.”

“Now Hull will have to come to Newcastle and we will make it very hard for them to get into the next round.”

“The FA Cup is world-famous. When I was a child in France, I always watched the final.”

“No matter what country you are from, you can watch this competition all around the world, and everybody talks about it.”

“It’s very exciting and for me it is a dream come true to play in it.” “It will be good to keep that dream going against Hull.”

“We are already looking forward as the FA Cup is important for us this season.”

Bassong missed last week’s game and the defense was just hopeless in his absence, and it’s a little frightening that a player so young seems so important to the back for the club, and it appears he’s the leader of our defense right now.

But Seb seems built for stardom, since he doesn’t seem phased at all by big games and big players, as he proved at Stamford Bridge, when he didn’t give a sniff to his hero Nicholas Anelka during that game.

The boy seems very good too at keeping his feet firmly on the ground and it has to be exciting for coaches like Joe and Chris to be coaching this young lad. If he continues his rapid progress he could end up playing for France, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Bassong was a terrific acquisition in August, but where were all the other clubs who should have been after him – but we need to give a gold star to our scouting team, whoever was responsible for Seb.

We also hope we can get a couple more like Seb in the summer.   😀

Bassong was obviously disappointed with missing the Liverpool game which he watched from the stands.

Bassong continued:

“I missed out against Liverpool.” “The suspension was frustrating for me and I wanted to come back and have a good game.”“It was good to be back and playing after suspension.” “And it was a good result to come back with.”

“When you keep a clean sheet, then you have done your job.” “If we can continue to keep it tight and not concede we will stay in it longer.”

“I just try my hardest for the team.” “Maybe I am lucky when I play because we keep clean sheets sometimes.”

“We had chances to score at the start of the game on Saturday, but we’re not disappointed.” “We play to win like any team, but if you can get a draw it’s still positive.”

Seb Bassong looks a fantastic player in the making, and his form and budding partnership with Argentine Fabricio Coloccini, may cause Steven Taylor to concentrate on securing one of the full back positions, if the England Under-21 captain wants to start regularly for his home town club.

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29 comments so far

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 5, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    No doubt we missed his level head against Liverpool, although as Butt gave Gerrard the run of the field we still wouldnt have stood a chance.

    Great player, still learning like we saw against Heskey, but he knows that and certainly isnt letting the praise go to his head, which i think happened with Taylor.

    Seeing as he was a low profile unknown foreign buy, he seems to talk to the media alot which i like.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 5, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #2

    Transfers…we already know the FA Cup is famous and Bassong is decent.

    Just more pointless spin as nothing relevant is happening where it matters i.e TRANSFERS.

    Cough up Mike and buy some proven players so we can enjoy (I use that word very loosly)prem football next season.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 5, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #3

    3 gold stars to the scouting team for Seb, Coloccini and Guthrie

    Be honest, how many of us had heard of Coloccini? so thats a gold star

    I’m not saying Jonas because i already knew of him but others didn’t so another gold star:D

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  • dougnufc

    Jan 5, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #4

    He is a future French International and we won’t be able to keep hold of him for long

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 5, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Turkish Magpie
    Collocini is nowhere near worth 10m,Gutherie is average and hardworking and cheap hence making him look good value,Bassong Gold Star.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 5, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Turkish…..How many of us heard of Coloccini??

    I tell you what……my nephew(Man Utd fan) who is only 8 year old came to congratulate me when we sealed his transfer.
    He said ”Finally you got someone good”

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 5, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #8

    And 2 shitty brown stars for xisco and the other chap I can’t even remember his name the one who is injured gonzalez or somebody.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 5, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #9

    sirjasontoon…..How bout 100000 shit stars for playing Carroll instead Xisco!!!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 5, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #10

    Partizan- but did you know of Colo?

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 5, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Top player in the making.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #12

    I thought everyone knew of Colo from his playing for Argentina?

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #13

    I wish people would stop slagging off xisco, in different circumstances we certainly wouldn’t have slagged them off, 2 appearances between xisco and nacho isn’t it? and one goal also between them, of we are to judge them at all, thats pretty successful, but we’d also be stupid to judge them either way!

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #14

    I reckon notaghosToon.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #15

    We definetly need a foreign manager who is gonna clean all these crappy overated players.

    Carroll,Butt,Smith,Viduka,Taylor and bring players from the Balcan and Eastern Europe

    Cheaper,Better,Stronger,Profitable

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Play Xisco over Carrol & give Carrol mins at the end of games.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Could be right Partizan.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Partizan- what country are you from, because you seem Bias towards eastern europe

    which i 100% agree with, being turkish

    I know Partizan is a Serbian team because Fenerbahce beat them 5-0

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #19

    I like it how it is, although that would make sense, i like the up n down nature of my name lol. But yeahh i just don’t get why people think that the two signings we’ve not seen would be so terrible when the 4 signings we have seen have been good (held down each position in our side)

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  • bowburnmag

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #20

    The world is his oyster and the FA Cup his pearl. Playing for us at the moment he’s more likely to end up with a tatty half clam and some manky, mouldy winkle.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Turkish…..hahahaha funny

    I knew about Colo even from his days while in Milan
    I knew about many other players when they were nobody and i knew they will become future world class players.

    Robben while in Groningen
    Pandev while in Ancona
    Kallstrom while in Djurgarden
    Vucinic while in Sutjeska and Lecce
    Amauri while in Chievo
    Luca Toni while in Brescia
    Edin Dzeko while in Zeljeznicar Sarajevo and Teplice

    I don’t wanna start about the future world class players cos there are so so many atm.

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  • toonbirchy

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #22

    soooo bored no tranfer news

    we need to sign bassong type players this month. young, hungry and willing to fight.

    Here is my list

    Naughton
    Onuoha
    Taiwo
    Ryan Taylor
    Skjelbred
    Appiah (not young but free and good)
    Rodwell
    Kazim Richards
    Lita
    Ledley
    Derbyshire
    Ched Evans

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  • Christoon

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m sorry but its unfair to judge xisco. He hasn’t really had the chance to develop in the squad, fit in and find his feet. His old club certainly didn’t want him to leave. Bassong didn’t have a sniff until there was no one else. kinnear preferred playing rusty old cacapa instead of bassong. Wot a mistake that turned out to be. I’m not having ago but i jst feel he hasn’t been given a chance.

    Oh yeh, i feel geremi may prove his worth against west ham. I’ve always preferred him to butt. stonger, quicker( but not much) and can actually shoot from distance.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Turkish….You were very lucky in Belgrade cos the ref did the job for you.

    The goal from Guiza was clearly offside and you know it……he was at least 2 meters behind the defenders.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Turkish Magpie…..I was born in Macedonia and i live here but my parents are Serbian.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #26

    Well i had never heard of Gutierrez but knew who colo was years ago. He was linked to all the big clubs years ago as well.

    I wonder if the Jonas lawsuit has made Ashley think twice about the transfer budget..because something has changed, from what Kinnear is saying.

    Although i know i will have 25 more days of mindless optimism and faith that we will actually buy someone decent.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #27

    Partizan i meant in Istanbul, 5-0

    and on aggregate. we take away the offside goal and the dogy ref decision

    still leaves us with 5-2 on aggregate to Fener

    By the way, i dont want to start an arguement as Geordies are the best and Fener is my Fathers team but i’m 100% NUFC fan

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #28

    Robby Bobson i also thouht the keegan lawsuit might have an effect, because if he’s being sued for 8m, he might be holding his cards close to his chest until that is over. I really hope there becomes some money available

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  • Partizan

    Jan 5, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Turkish…..Too much Yeni Raki or what 🙂

    You won 2-1 in Istanbul,not 5-0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rPZTevLAYU

    And the team you beat 5-0 was Mtk Budapest from Hungary

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjC5ulRUlMg

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