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.
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.
“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.