Sebastien Bassong The Future At Newcastle United

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.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • alanshearersdiscopants

    Mar 5, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #1


  • alanshearersdiscopants

    Mar 5, 2009 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #2

    bassong is a legend we need another 10 signings like him in the summer

  • alanshearersdiscopants

    Mar 5, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #3

    offer him an improved contract quick because there will be 100’s of top teams after him in the summer

  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 5, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #4

    We have some really good young players like Bassong, Enrique, S.Taylor, Lualua, Carroll, Kadar, Guthrie, Krul, Forester, Tozer, Ranger etc, future looks good but present looking bad!

  • Dan4Toon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #5

    haha i agree, said for a long time build our team around Bassong, Jonas and Martins ! because yes they are other good player that will still be here next year but them 3 are the ones that could be hear in 5 years or so and stil be doing well 🙂

  • Slam magd

    Mar 5, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Did very well but was at fault for manures first goal when he let rooney loose. He is still learning n could be the next Frank Lebouf!

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #7

    We have a lot players who have the potential to be great in the future, but as of now we can only really cal Bassong and Enrique the future. Martins to an extent too and Guthrie on his good games, the other ones with the potential haven’t had enough first team games.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Slam magd – It was Colo IF ANYBODY who was at fault for Rooney’s goal, nobody saw his first touch coming and it took a deflection, which if it didn’t, Harper would have saved it.

  • Slam magd

    Mar 5, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Hey Tom toon, take a look at the goal again, before O’shea’s pass, bassong n rooney were less than a feet apart, but by the time the ball got to rooney, bassong was nowhere to b seen! If he stuck to his man he would have made a simple interception, but i guess that comes with experience

  • Doocey

    Mar 5, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Bassong is young yet, what potential he has and very athletic. Anyone see him shivving Rooney and sending him the wrong way?:D:D

  • Doocey

    Mar 5, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Brilliant player.
    Anyone see him shivving Rooney?:D

  • LooneyToon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #12

    The boy had another very good game last night…looked cool and composed against two of the best strikers in the world….

    big test that he came through with flying colours

  • brave new toon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #13

    the player is doing well.. yes.
    but ed i think you and a lot of others are getting a bit carried away.
    lets have it right.. he’s gonna be player of the season for a side that is one point off the bottom of the table!.. and he was also a key player in the metz side that got relegated!.. he makes mistakes, lost Rooney for the equiliser,. and completed lost vidic, who should have scored.

    I think if his game was analised like a lot of you do steven taylors and colo’s, you wouldn’t be blowing so much smoke up his arse!

    having said that.. true he is the stand out performer at the moment!

  • LooneyToon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Every defender makes mistakes no matter how good they are…if they didnt, no one would score….

    if you sat down and analysed his game you would realise his positional sense is quality and when he does get caught out, (which is rare) he has the pace and strength to recover…

    for me it wss no ones fault for the 1st goal….it was a quality piece of play by a quality player..simple….(just seen the goal again on sky….top class movement and finish from Rooney…sometimes you have just got to hold your hands up)

    for me, we are very critical at times and over analyse things….no one is saying he is perfect…far from it…he does make mistakes but very very rarely makes mistakes that cost goals in my opinion….

    For a young lad to come to a new country, settle in immediately and show his quality week in week out is a terrific achievement

    If he continues to perform like this week in week out, I will blow smoke up his arse anytime he wants

    credit where credit is due…simple as

  • Sav

    Mar 5, 2009 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #15

    brave new toon you are a hard ass if you don’t at leats give credit to Bass.

    What I would like to know, is exactly why Metz sold this youngster, who has taken to the Prem like a duck to water, for buttons (well £500,000 )?
    Was he unappreciated? Trouble? End of contract? What? Bit mysterious.

  • LooneyToon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #16


    would imagine it had something to do with them getting relegated last season…sure his contract was up aswell

  • LooneyToon

    Mar 5, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #17


    divvent look into it too much…. 😉

  • Premiership Manager

    Mar 6, 2009 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #18

    You can have the best defenders in the world but they will not do you any good if the midfield is not balanced and you can’t score goals.

    Bassong is a very good player, Colo isn’t worth the 10M we paid, taylor gets far too much critisism and Erique is improving all the time.

    When Guthrie, Barton, Butt and Nolan are available the Midfield will be a lot more stable.

    Ryan Taylor will make a good squad utility player but will struggle to hold his place down.

    We have good wing players in Duff and Jonas with Lovenkrands and Lua Lua coming through however up front we are struggling.

    Carrol should be first choice alongside Martins up front as he’s very physical and wins everything in the air. Aemobi just isn’t up to it although he’s not a bad reserve.

    My worry if we stay up is where will the goals come from if we continue to sustain injuries. Despite what some may say Owen may stay and my simple reasoning is because who else would be willing to pay 100K + a week for 10 games or goals a season?

    We need to let him go and then Ashley will need to did deep into his pockets to find another striker + a winger and a defender.

  • Widowmaker

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #19

    We need to give Colo more time and I am sure he will come good.

    R.Taylor can certainly hold down his place with our current squad.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Premiership Manager – Agree except for the bit about Carroll.

  • marshy

    Mar 6, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #21

    premiership manager I also agree with most you say except about ameobi,he is not only a bad reserve he is a bad everything to do with football and I wonder how he manages to get so many games under so many managers although we have’nt had many good managers.

  • marshy

    Mar 6, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #22

    I forgot to add I think our problems stem from our poor midfield,the defense gets no protection from them and there’s not enough creativity to supply the attack.


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