When we have our poll on the last day of the season who was Newcastle’s best performing player this season, it’s very likely that Sebastien Bassong will come out on top.
Sebastien Bassong – top player at Newcastle this season
And last year’s winner, also in his first season at the time, Habib Beye has come out today on the official site and said how the powerful young Frenchman can be a leader at Newcastle.
And it turns out that Beye already knew about Basssong before he signed for Newcastle last August, and was always confident his fellow Parisian would develop into a top player. We wonder if he knows any other good young players in France right now?
Habib talked to Newcastle United TV this morning:
“I knew about Sebastien before he signed from watching the French league and he was a promising young player for FC Metz,” t
“I try to help Sebastien because he is young and it is his first year in a new country.” “But I think he has shown his quality and has been one of our best players this season.”
“And if he continues to develop like he has he will be a big leader for the team.”
We agree with Habib and think he is spot on, but the first thing the Newcastle hierarchy will need to do after the last game of the season, whether the club are relegated or not, is give this lad a significantly improved contract to keep him at the club.
And quite honestly it’s almost like Sebastien is already a leader at the club, and look what happened when he missed that game with Liverpool, at the end of December.
If we do take the drop, there will be even more pressure from clubs like Arsenal, but we’re sure other bigger clubs than Newcastle are now, will also be more than interested in the lad this summer.
We’ll just have to wait and see what transpires, but if we take the drop we’ll lose our top players, at least in terms of their wages.
And it would appear that Habib will be partnering Seb in central defense for maybe the rest of the season at Newcastle, because we doubt if Shearer will want to introduce Coloccini back into the mix, after the Argentine has made too many mistakes this season.