Newcastle Hoping For A Fit Bassong For Chelsea

Newcastle are still sweating on the fitness of 22 year-old French youngster Sebastien Bassong, who has turned out to be Newcastle’s best player this season, after being bought as one for the future in the summer.


Seb Bassong – one terrific player in the making 

Newcastle got Bassong for £500K, according to managing Director, Derek Llambias, and it says much for the new improved scouting system, that he’s turned into one terrific center-back at Newcastle, as we have to hope the lad will commit his future to Newcastle in the summer.  Arsenal and probably some other clubs will be more than interested in the powerful center-back come the summer.

In these days it’s hard to find something good about Newcastle, as we stare relegation in the face, but one of those areas is recruitment of good youngsters, and the terrific form of this young future French star has been something to be behold this season.

But now, with the good news that Steven Taylor has only a badly bruised ankle, most Newcastle fans are hoping Seb will be fit and probably our best back four of  Beye Coloccini Bassong and Enrique will be able to play on Saturday. With the excellent recent form of Steven Taylor however, it could be the local lad will challenge £10M Argentine signing Coloccini, to play alongside Bassong.

It was at Chelsea in November that Bassong made only only his his second league appearance at centre-back for Newcastle, and he has a game to remember and he was also our Man Of The Match for that day, and quite a few days since that.

Chris Hughton has been impressed with the immense form shown by Seb since Chelsea, and his inclusion in the side was pinpointed against Liverpool at the end of December, when he was suspended for a game, and we were thrashed 5-1 and the defense looked pitiful, apart from the brilliant Shay Given, of course.

One question we all have is just how good can this French youngster can become, and Chris said today:

“As for how good he will be, none of us know,” “He’s a young player with a lot of potential.”

“When we brought him in we saw that potential but in all honesty, if you’d asked would he have played the amount of games he has, all of us would have said no.”

“But he has by his endeavour and willingness to learn.” “There’s no doubt he can continue to improve as a player, and that’s very much up to him.” 

Not only is Bassong a terrific player in the making, but he’s such a good lad too, with his feet firmly on the ground, and is already admired for his play and character at Newcastle by the fans.

In short he is almost the perfect player Newcastle signed last summer, and we have to hope he is willing to pledge his future to Newcastle, even though bigger and better clubs than Newcastle are right now, will come after him in the summer.

We think he will stay – we hope he will stay.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Premiership Manager

    Mar 30, 2009 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    If S. Taylor is fit he should play at RB with Beye as CB alongside Bassong. Give Beye the captains armband and leave Colo on the bench.

    Nolan and Guthrie should start in midfield with Lua Lua or Duff if he’s fit on the right and Jonas on the left.

    Upfront I start with Lovenkrands and Martins and try to nick an early goal. It’s a no lose game as everybody is expecting us to get beat so I’d go for it.

    If we sit back our goal difference could be our undoing at the end of the season so we need to be positive and make them try to sit deep.


    Mar 30, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #2

    He will stay if we will not be relegated. If the voyeur wants him, he will have to pay too much + swap any of his youngsters to us (like our swiss talented djouru for example – I rate djouru also high). We’ll see…

    Anyway, we need a manager! Now! Bruce come and save us! Kinnear should be offered chef scout and Wiise should be given the boot then…terrible mistakes have been done, now it is time for good quick decisions who save us!

  • spiderpig

    Mar 30, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    theres no chance we will get another manager now.who would come with the threat of managing a championship side.not bruce.our best hope is to get bruce next season IF we stay up,if we go down shearer would be a good bet.and by the way i think kinnear deserves a job if he wants one.but we are on our own for the rest of the season.think we will stay up just.the players are waking up to the fact that their careers are virtually over if we go down.they will never get a better contract than what theyre on especially the older ones like duff,barton,colo,spider,and butt

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Mar 30, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Please stop praising Steven Taylor! He’s not a defender. He sucks as a defender. Whenever he does something good it’s upfield not in defense.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 30, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #5

    North Atlantic Magpie – I see what you’re saying, but recently Taylor’s defending has been as good as his attack. My only concerns with him are:

    1. He’ll get red-carded if he keeps elbowing wingers in the face.

    2. Will he cause the rest of the back 4 to lose their shape with his over-eagerness to ball-chase? I know Calderwood’s been working on that, and it did look a lot better against Arsenal until he got injured.

    Either way, I think we have to judge on recent form, and he’s done very well since Calderwood got hold of him.


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