Sebastien Bassong had another solid game alongside Argentine Fabricio Coloccini in the heart of the Newcastle defense last night, against the great Manchester United side, as he continues to improve and the youngster will in all likelihood be the Newcastle Player of The Season this year.
Sebastien Bassong – one tremendous find for Newcastle United
And that’s not too bad for a 22 year-old French lad, who Derek Llambias said cost the club just £500K, when he was signed from Metz last summer – a bargain if ever there was one.
And not only is Sebastien a tremendous player in the making, but he has all the characteristics to become a really great leader for Newcastle in the coming years.
Seb admits he is enjoying the extra responsibility that goes with his emergence as a commanding figure at the heart of Newcastle’s back four.
The 22-year-old is fast becoming many fans’ pick as their player of the season, and we are half expecting him to get a call up for the full French squad sooner rather than later – he’s that good.
And Seb is a wonderful example of top players we can bring to the club, with our efficient scouting system now in place, without having to pay top dollar.
Seb has a great personality and temperament and seems only too willing to accept the added responsibility for now being expected to turn in top quality performances for Newcastle in every game.
The graduate of the famous Clairefontaine Academy said today:
“I can feel that I have more responsibilities and that my team-mates expect more of me, and to be honest I like this role,”
“I fancy having responsibilities, it’s part of my personality, and when you play in my position, it’s natural to have a key role.”
“Of course it took me some time to settle into the team and into the Premier League. I played at left back at the start, but I did fancy it as well.”
“When you move to such a competition you must prove yourself, work hard and show your humility. I always thought that I was made to play Premier League football.”
Newcastle are in trouble in the league right now, not many fans would question that, but the performance of the team last night was heart warming, to say the least, and they got terrific support from a packed St. James’ Park.
We have 10 games left in the league and five of them are at home, and with that kind of support from the crowd we must have a decent chance of surviving in the Premier League this year, although nothing is ever certain.
If Newcastle do survive we have to hope that Mike Ashley will help Joe Kinnear in the summer in building an improved squad for next year, because we have risked too much this season, including not having a big enough squad, and with all the injuries we always seem to get, we are still paying for that this season.
If we do survive, the fantastic Newcastle United fans deserve a lot better for next season, and we have to hope that Mike Ashley will deliver the requisite cash to Joe Kinnear, so he can build a more than decent squad for next season.
What exactly happens if we do get relegated we don’t know, but life will go on no doubt, but exactly which players we can retain, is something we just don’t even want to contemplate right now.