Newcastle are currently 5 points above Blackburn, who are in 3rd bottom position in the Premier League, and a win against fellow relegation strugglers Bolton Wanderers at The Reebok on Sunday, would go a long way to securing the Magpies safety this season.
Sebastien Bassong – probably Newcastle’s best player this season
And possibly Newcastle’s best player this season and an unlikely one he is at that, is our summer signing sensation Sebastien Bassong.
This boy has been a revelation this season, and while we know Dennis Wise is hardly popular on Tyneside, it was his signing, and it’s been a great one for Newcastle United.
Newcastle will rightly sit down with Bassong to talk about an improved deal as a reward for his outstanding efforts in the heart of the Newcastle defence this season.
The 22 year-old Frenchman is forming an excellent partnership with the improving Argentine International defender, Fabricio Coloccini, who has started all 30 games this season.
Bassong, who was, not for the first time, our man of the match against Everton last Sunday with 54% of the vote, gave another dominating performance of guts and glory on Sunday, to keep a clean sheet for the fighting Magpies, who were of course down to 10 men in the second half.
Sebastien talked to the local Evening Chronicle today:
“I heard that the lack of talking was a problem before I came.” “We need some leaders. Habib Beye is one of the biggest leaders in the team and he is out.”
“Michael Owen is coming back too so the more we have the better we will be. I try to be a leader.” “It is important to talk and the manager asks me to do it. Even if they do not want me to talk and I was not obliged to talk, I would still talk.”
“I talk too much really, but if it helps the team then surely it is a good thing.” “We have 12 games left. It is not a lot of time but it is a lot of points to play for.”
“We have three of the big four at home and there are some tough away games at Bolton and Hull thrown in.” “Every game, though, is a pleasure to me. It is going to be all right. There are no relegation thoughts in my head.”
“Yes, we have to be careful about every game, but I am confident. I trust everybody who is in the team now.” “We can do a good job between now and the end of the season.”
“It will be a tough game at Bolton, but we are confident. We are going there to win.”
Newcastle still haven’t made enough signings in the last two transfer windows, but the quality of the signings has been good, and usually good bargains as well.
Seb is by far the best bargain we’ve made for ages, and a couple more signings like Bassong this summer, and we are in danger of having a really good team again. 😀
We love the lad, and he seems to already have the fighting spirit that Newcastle fans love to see in their players.