Sebastien Bassong The Top Player At Newcastle This Season

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.

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50 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 15, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Great player but Habib should be our captain when Owen leaves. When Taylor comes back Beye needs to be played at right back as this is where he is most constructive

  • bennytoon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #2

    He will be off to arsenal at the end of the season. Andy (the great white hope)Carrol gets my vote. Those corn rows were comedy genius. Awful player but a comedy genius. Collocini and Ameobi have also been a real joy to watch!

  • edburn

    Apr 15, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Completely agree. Our only really good buy in recent windows, I reckon we would be level with WBA if we didn’t have him.

  • shearerbliss

    Apr 15, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #4

    So is Bent, Bale and Gomes very expensive flops!

  • Doocey

    Apr 15, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Bent, Bale and Gomez?
    What about Kevin Prince Boetang, Alan Hutton, Chris Gunter?

    KP and Gunter will be decent though when they move away 🙂

  • edburn

    Apr 15, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Plus Rocha, Dos Santos, Campbell…

    The list goes on

  • brownrob

    Apr 15, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Just imagine where we would be if we didnt sign wor Seb…

    Also bennyboy, bet you cant beat my brute (link in my name) and no, its not Dawson! 😀

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    You gota remember the Biggest waste of money of all time was at SPUDS……………
    Wait for it……………………………………………
    Darren “Sicknote” Anderton
    Did he ever last a full game in all the years he played.
    Keep on splashing the cash Spurs LOl

  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #10
  • Kash

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Benny: I’m beginning to question whether you really are a free-lance reporter, mainly because alot of your comments are extremely bias and subjective.

    Now I can understand why you maybe freelance.

    Isn’t freelance another way of saying unemployed?

  • bennytoon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #12
  • bennytoon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #13

    martytoon- the same anderton that played for england and was wanted by fergie who made numerous bids? yeah. 2 million down the drain

  • Kash

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Benny: Your banter on this site is actually now becoming annoying, but you obviously get a kick out of it.

    The best thing is that most people don’t rise to it nowadays. I remember when you used to get so much stick, which most of the time was going too far.

    Leopard and spots spring to mind!

  • Kash

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Au Revoir all, and howay the toon for Sunday!

  • edburn

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #16

    I know, I was amazed at that piece on the mirror, far more balanced than their usual rubbish! Is that guy a toon fan though?

  • brownrob

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #17

    Simon Bird is scared of Joe Kinnear now so he writes good stuff about the toon 😉

  • The Alchemist

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Is Seb on a two or three year contract at the mo?

    Sick of this spurs fan coming on here widing people up. I come on here to the opinions of fellow toon fans and people with something objective to say. If I want to hear about spurs I’ll visit your blog. Benny if you have nothing to contribute please don’t bother…

  • PaceOba

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19

    hey he has great drible ability too. Should improved he’s contract too.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #21

    great article
    it could be worse

  • edburn

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Oh, if ketsbaia joins the staff at the toon, he comes with his own chant-

    (to the tune of Sex on Fire)
    Woahhhhhhhh, Temuri Ketsbaiaa


  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #23

    The Spurs article only mentions recent buys. Sergi Rebrov anyone?

    Nice one edburn

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #24

    Bit off subject but the following article from the Mirror is very good and I think sums up the club & fans including ex pats like me who though I have lived in the south for the past 28 years I am fiercely protective of anything from the North East especially Newcastle & Newcastle united

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Team if all are fit in 3-5-2

    S Taylor, Beye, Bassong:
    Jonas, Butt, Barton, Enrique
    Carrol (if Martins not fit), Owen

  • Doocey

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #26

    That goal against Arsenal wasn’t worth £17m Bennytoon!

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Hell I’ve just had wor lass break out the smelling salts after I passed out reading that article in the Mirror. Absolutly unbelievable reading and enjoying something in HM gutter press.

    Very balanced and how many of us see ourselves.

  • edburn

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Waldo – nice name! Ha

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 15, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #29

    to be fair smon bird has wrote quite a few nice articles about us i know jfk doesnt like him but hes better than a lot of other journo’s out there

  • batty

    Apr 15, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #30 <<<can you vote for my niece text francesca smith on 84205 costs 60 p plz vote
    she is a toon fan

  • DJG

    Apr 15, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #31

    I like Nadia the best, but she is pretty though.

  • sickofitall

    Apr 15, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #32

    my god bennytoon bores the crap out of me, why do people bother with him?

    don’t say its “banter” because it’s not, its just the same boring shit over and over.


  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 15, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Thanks Ed an old name when I used to play Wings on the Amiga many many moons ago.

  • DJG

    Apr 15, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Every Simon Bird article I have read has been pro toon as if he supported Newcastle. I think it was because he questioned JFK’s decision to give the players a day off on his first day.

  • DJG

    Apr 15, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Who here had a sega megadrive?

  • DJG

    Apr 15, 2009 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #36


    Ive used up my 3 for today. My brute is called Harry.P.B

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 15, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Ah I was wondering who took that moniker in my dojo welcome my friend. Did you win any today?

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 15, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #38

    I went Spectrum 48 to a 128+
    Playstation 1 then 2 then 3

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 15, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #39

    Really miss that old amiga with such classics as Wings, Syndicate, Cannon Fodder, Sensible Soccer, Settlers, Lemmings etc

    Oh happy memories of a wasted childhood.

  • DJG

    Apr 15, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #40

    I won 1.

    I was much better yesterday. I have the dagger and the dog.


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