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.