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.