Bassong Top Performer At Newcastle – Shearer

Alan Shearer is just delighted to have Sebastien Bassong back for Saturday’s trip to Stoke City.


Sebastien Bassong – Newcastle’s best player this season?

And Alan says the young French defender has been a top performer for the club this season, and there’s not too mnasy Newcastle fans will argue with that statement.

The powerful 22-year-old French defender has overcome a groin injury which kept him out of last weekend’s home defeat against Chelsea, and he will travel to Stoke today..

Having Bassong in the side for the run-in to the season will be  massive boost to the club, and Alan told Newcastle United TV this morning:

“It will be a big boost,” “We left him alone last weekend to make sure he would be fit for this weekend.”

“He’s been a top performer for Newcastle this season.” “He’s come in and settled down very well and for a youngster has taken to the Premier League extremely well.”

“He’s big, strong and quick and we’re going to need him in the next few games and he’ll be a big player for us.”

“I’m delighted and I’m keeping my fingers crossed there’s no reaction to his injury and he’s OK to travel with the squad.”

That’s a significant comment from Alan because if Newcastle can survive this season Sebastien will be a player who Alan will want to keep on Tyneside.

And in fact if those two things do happen – we survive and Alan becomes the new long-term manager – look for Michael Owen to immediately sign a new contract.

And the summer transfer window could be one of the most exciting for many years, with Alan trying to build a decent squad at the club.

Good players would also want to join Newcastle to play for a manager who is known around the world, and who will be a great figure-head (and manager) for the club.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Mo Drysdale

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Lads, Stoke are a big physical team so lets give them something physical, fast and different to think about, team selections and reasons.

    Harper (6?1)

    Beye (6?2) Col (6?2) Bassong (6?3)

    Jonas (6?), Guthrie, Nolan (6?+) Martins,


    Carroll(6?3) Ranger (6?3)

    Stoke dont play with width as it is the smallest pitch in the PL so play with 3 at the back, 5 in midfield, Jonas & Martins providing the width, Owen supporting the 2 up front and Guthrie, the best passing midfielder we have pulling the strings. Nolan holding.

    On corners and set peices which are there main threat we should leave Guthrie, Martins and Owen up to draw away at least 4 of there players away from the attack, leaving 8 of our players who are all at least 6? tall in defence.

    In attack we would have Carrol to hold the ball up and the trickery and speed of Ranger. ranger may be a novice but believe me he is good and ready, he is at least 6?3, is as fast as Martins and is a natural goal scorer. West ham gave 2 new boys a try at the weekend with the first team and both scored. Owen could assist the midfield and arrive late to help the attack, Martins can use his pace down the wing, cut in and let loose his cannons.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Bassong is a hero like, and I seriously hope the three things happen, we stay up, keep shearer, keep bassong. The owen thing is still a doubt in my mind, he does suck up wages, but he can only be another draw to potential signings and does bang in the goals when he gets service, so assuming we could push on next season it’d be worth it.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #3

    MD, hate to say but that has so many flaws. On the set pieces idea alone, i get why you think that would work, but say our 3 don’t drag their players out and they leave them in the box our numbers defending will be outnumbered by players of a similar height, their bound to score. I’d say we play 4-3-3

    Beye-Coloccini-Bassong-R. Taylor
    Owen Martins

    I’m putting my faith in colo because i think alan will, he’s had a week to train him and with bassong and beye back in their natural positions i think we can accomodate him. A narrow midfield to force their players wide (on a narrow pitch) giving the central defence more time to think about positioning and allowing the competent beye and taylor to cut them out.

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #4

    What about Edgar left back?? He is 6.2 and we need all the height we have

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    we need to play RTaylor for set peices i reckon

    Oh so wish Emre was here 😀

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Emre was my favourite player, I wish he had stayed

  • Mo Drysdale

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    TM sorry mate but R Taylor has been shite since he arrived.

    TF couldnt agree more.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 10, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    I no RTaylor has been ******* but

    Who will take set peices?

    It looks like Nicky Butt will be missing out as Barton will be benched and Guthrie and Nolan are back, Butt will miss out because he’s so badly needed a rest.

    So who will take set peices? they’re a key part in football, escpecially against Stoke


    All three might not play!!!

    Jonas, Nolan and Martins all have alright freekicks so maybe that’ll be an option

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 10, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9
  • DanToon

    Apr 10, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    v Stoke…


    Beye___Coloccini___Bassong___R. Taylor

    ___Guthrie___Nolan/ Butt___Jonas_____



  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 10, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    If we play a 4-3-3, Like DanToon, I don’t think Butt can play as I don’t think he has the legs to cover the midfield any more, so I would play Nolan there.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 10, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Turkish – Barton aint back and there is no chance Butt will be dropped, if an,yone, it will be Nolan, thank god.

    Nolan, Jonas and Martins are all awful on freekicks.

    Guthrie should take every corner, free kick and penalty.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 10, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #13

    I dont care what team it is on saturday, as long as Fatboy Nolan or the useless Ryan Taylor aren’t even on the bench.

  • spiderpig

    Apr 10, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #14

    butt was our best player against chelsea

  • DJG

    Apr 10, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Mo Drysdale

    You should be in charge. I would like to see that but since when do our management have that sort of bottle. If we lost they would take all the blame and so they will stick to the same old useless tactics.

  • bennymoob

    Apr 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    I have moobs

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 10, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Man tits Benny, they are man tits that you have 😉

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 10, 2009 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #18


  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 10, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #19

    It’s funny and also sad that we have to depend so much on our young star Bassong. Contender for EPL Player of the Year Award no doubt. What keeps bugging me is knowing that if we do go down Bassong and Martins and co will leave. It’s heartbreaking knowing everything is in place now to be a huge success only to fall apart if we do get relegated.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #20

    I wouldn’t say everything is in place when we have about 13 players not good enough.

    Bassong for young player of the year or best newcomer if there is such a thing.


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