Sebastien Bassong has been a great success at Newcastle this season, and it was Kevin Keegan who wanted to have the lad at Newcastle for a week’s trial in August, which seemed a good idea at the time, even though Everton had been keen on the player.
Sebastien Bassong – a rock in Newcastle’s defense this season
Of course the 22 year old Metz player performed very well in his trial and in the game at Doncaster Rovers on July 26th, and was signed for just £500K by Newcastle, which could turn out to be one of Newcastle’s best ever signings.
Sebastien talked about how he was signed this morning to the local Newcastle Journal:
“Personally it has been a good season for me, but if my team goes down there is no way I can say it has been a good season,”
“I will give it everything to keep Newcastle United in the Premiership. I think we deserve to stay up. It’s a big club with some great players, but we have been hurt very badly by injuries.”
“When I arrived Kevin Keegan warned me it could be a long time until I played in the first team, or it could be very quick. It came very quickly because I took my chance when it came.”
“I came to Newcastle because my agent knew Kevin Keegan and my agent told him he had me and that I was a good player at Metz.”
“Kevin Keegan had seen me play one or two times for France Under-21s and he asked my agent if I could come for a trial to see how I was with my teammates and how I felt about living in England.”
“After the trial, Kevin Keegan was happy, the staff were happy, so I signed. It was a big thrill for me when someone of Kevin Keegan’s stature wanted to sign me.”
“I was sad when he went, but even though I’m young I have experienced this sort of thing before.”
So it seems it was Kevin rather than Dennis Wise who was primarily responsible for bringing the young Frenchman to the club.
And even Kevin can be wrong at times, in that it didn’t take the youngster a long time to make the first team, although it’s good man management that Kevin was straight with the youngster, from the start.
But once he arrived Bassong’s interviews were always so positive, and he kept saying he would challenge in the team and would play anywhere.
His appearances were solid, even when he got in at left-back, and then when he was finally brought into the center of defense, when Steven Taylor was injured, he was phenomenal at Chelsea, and we use our words advisedly.
In fact he played a full game for Keegan in the Coventry game in the Carling Cup, and played very well in that game alongside Coloccini.
The boy had a tremendous game at Stamford Bridge, and of course the lads managed a clean sheet in that game, and Sebastien has been a starter ever since and gaining really valuable experience this season.
He’s now appeared in 26 games this season for Newcastle, and started 22 of those games. Not too bad for a lad who wasn’t going to play much this season. 😀