Bassong And Beye My Best Two Players – Shearer

Alan Shearer has come out today and paid tribute to two of our best players, Habib Beye and Sebastien Bassong, who will most probably be at the heart of the Newcastle defense tonight, against Portsmouth.


Sebastien Bassong – player of the season for Newcastle?

Beye was injured for almost three months after a terrible challenge by Wigan’s Lee Cattermole on Boxing Day, for which he is still waiting for an apology, we may add.

Habib then returned as a substitute in the 3-1 home defeat by Arsenal on March 21, and has been in the side ever since, and has even played in central defense with 22 year-old Seb Bassong, and played very well there.

Beye did play for Marseilles on occasion at center-back and he seems used to that position, and Shearer is playing the Senegal International there, due to the poor form of Coloccini, and the injury to Steven Taylor.

But, as we reported yesterday, Shearer has been impressed with Beye’s efforts in difficult circumstances, both as a player and a leader:

“He’s played well whenever he’s been out there – I’ve been very impressed with him.” “He’s got a great attitude, and I like what I’ve seen. He has been brilliant.”

“He is a really, really top professional, a really good athlete, and the games he has played in, he has done very well.”

“We will be looking for more of the same from him in the remaining games. He has great experience.”

It wasn’t a coincidence that Habib was voted player of the season last season, in his very first season on Tyneside, and he is easily Sam Allardyce’s best buy for the club at just £2M – what a bargain!

And another player in his first season on Tyneside, and bought for just £500K last summer, Sebastien Bassong from Metz, is a hot favorite to be Newcastle’s player of the season, with some dominant performances at the center of Newcastle’s defense.

Shearer continued:

“He and Sebastian Bassong have probably been the top performers for us in the three games that I have been here.”

“I will be looking for more of the same from the two of them.”  “We are in this position, it’s a tough position, but I believe we have got enough fight, bottle and decent players to get us out of it.”

We need a solid performance at the back from Newcastle tonight, and there is a question about who will play at right back for the side, with Jose Enrique back on the left. We think young David Edgar could well be given the nod, so a back four would be Edgar, Beye, Bassong and Enrique – and that looked strong on current form.

In fact we hope Alan plays a back four and doesn’t go with another back three, which to us is just not solid enough, but with Enrique back, we think Shearer will use a flat back four again.

We are hoping he will play 4-3-3 and start Owen, Martins and Viduka up front – because we need to go for it tonight, right from the first kick-off – remember fortune always favors the brave.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far


    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #1

    Beye the great, I’m just about to fight you.

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #2

    You all need to read this, especialy if you are going to the match tonight!!



    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #3

    I got battered.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    I feel physically sick with nerves. I need to get a grip!

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #6

    welshmag you should have become 1 of my students

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #7

    All good Toon G not blogging much been working hard instead.
    Drop me an email and Ill add you on FB no problem fella.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8
  • Tom1664

    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #9
  • beyethegreat

    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #10

    btw lads ia m going to make an effort to learn the full song of the blaydon races which not a lot of people do i suggest others should do the same for tonight

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #11

    tom 1664
    you should have become my student

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #12

    Beye – Ive been trying to do that for months!! 🙂

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 27, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Sir Jason – will do mate – prob wont be until tomorrow at somepoint as wont be on email at home tonight by the time I get in and sort the bairn and get to SJP.

  • Nick D

    Apr 27, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Fortune always favours the brave – are you sure Ed !!!! I’d like it too, don’t know that it always does though.

    Beye and bassong are our best players because basically the rest are mediocre at best and so many many of them have seen better days and worse days, ie our potential midfield of Smith and Butt have taken Brum and leeds down respectively.

  • RyanToon

    Apr 27, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #15

    TOMTOON is a MACKEM!!!!!!

    he posts as temuri ks shiny bonce on bbc 606

    i give it to him. stupid smb!

    also he says he supports ”benfica” whos ground is called stadium of light

    i spotted him a mile off

  • chuck

    Apr 27, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Beye & Bassong, Duh! thats a no brainer .
    Sure they are the top players in the side.
    If Beye was a few years younger I believe a few clubs would be chasing him, as for Bassong we will be lucky to hang onto him, relegated or not.
    Depending on to nights game, if we win then there is a window of opportunity, considering the weekend results and run in schedules.


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