Good news today in that Sebastien Bassong is to be suitably rewarded for his outstanding form for Newcastle this season with a new contract.
Sebastien Bassong – when will France come a calling?
The contract Sebastien signed last summer was for three years, but such has been the contribution of the Frenchman this season, like yesterday’s strong performance as just one example, that the Tyneside club are all ready to offer him a new and improved contract. Good thinking!
Bassong is also a great lad, and the only question with this 22 year-old 6′ 2″ Frenchman is just how good can he finally become, and how long will it be before he gets a call-up for the full France side?
He’s done so well this season that whatever we paid for him – and the estimates range from £500K (that’s what Derek Llambias claimed recently) to £1.5M, is chicken-feed and it’s a great signing by Dennis Wise.
In fact in order to justify his huge wages at Newcastle, Dennis Wise needs just one Bassong type signing every year, and he’ll be worth that money.
The Newcastle club are determined that Bassong – who right now is said to be one of the lowest-earning senior players at the club – is justly rewarded for his tremendous contribution to the Tyneside club, and that’s exactly what the Newcastle Board should be doing.
Bassong put in another superb performance alongside the ever improving Fabricio Coloccini (who played the Brazilian striker Jol very well yesterday), in Newcastle’s battling second half display that saw the team get a valuable point in the goalless draw with Everton, with just 10 men.
And you cannot say that our squad is not chock full of players who will give their all for the club – and that’s just exactly what Newcastle fans love to see.
Bassong told the local Shields Gazette this morning:
“We had to stick together after the red card, it was a setback but we overcame it,” “We looked solid and we were very brave. It was a hard game, but it’s a good point for us.”
“I’m more pleased the team got a clean sheet and a good result.” “It’s pleasing to get man of the match, but I’m really proud of my team-mates for sticking in with 10 men.”
“The result was a really good one for us. I think we could have won it as well. One point is OK, but it could have been three.” “We’re happy with the result, and we have confidence that we can go to Bolton and get something.”
There’s even a decent case to make that Seb could be a good future captain for Newcastle, since he seems to stand little nonsense on the field.
This is good news for a change, and certainly there should be a huge reduction to the Newcastle wage bill when big wage earners like Geremi, Viduka, Cacapa and Owen, and maybe even Alan Smith, are moved out this summer.
No better place then to allocate that available wage bill to those who deserve it, and there are very few Newcastle fans who wouldn’t say Seb deserves every penny of whatever increase he gets.
What a great signing this lad has been for Newcastle. As we said, a little bit of good news for a change.