You’ve got to hand it to our young defender Sebastien Bassong, who has been one of the most vocal players recently, as well as one of the best on the pitch, in saying the team can still avoid the drop.
Sebastien Bassong – Shearer has brought magnificent spirit to the team
And the good news in all of this is that it seems like Bassong has taken to Shearer, which may stand us in good stead for the future, whatever happens this season.
This is what Seb said at the launch of Newcastle United’s new healthy eating Match Fit project at the city’s Westgate Center for Sport:
“Alan Shearer has brought us magnificent spirit,” “He brought a new lease of life for a lot of the players because they had lost a lot of confidence.”
“He is a good manager. He has a lot of good experience in football. The spirit is better, it was low before he came. When a new manager comes in everyone is desperate to show what they can do, but it is even better because Alan Shearer is the boss.”
“He is a legend in Newcastle so you have to want to show him what you can do.” “Like every player, I knew about him because he was a great player, a great striker. I know he was a fighter and a good leader and that is what he tries to bring to us as a manager.”
“When he talks, he is talking with the heart. He knows St James’ Park, and the fans and what it is like. He is talking with experience and the players like that and respond to that.”
Shearer has had his hands full since he took over the job one calendar month ago today, but the points both he and the fans had hoped for, have not materialized, although we still have a decent chance to survive if the lads can only continue to improve, and get some decent confidence back.
One thing Shearer has not allowed one iota, is for the Newcastle players to feel sorry for themselves, because that attitude gets nothing done and is not responsible, and of course is extremely self-serving.
The impressive Bassong continued:
“There is still hope and faith in the team, so the supporters should not give up. We need them,” “We have to be confident and we have to try and enjoy the trip to Anfield. If we don’t, it’s going to be even harder for us. It’s going to be a tough game, we know that.”
“We are still confident. If we don’t believe we can get anything out of this then we may as well stop straight away. We have to concentrate on trying to take the maximum amount of points we can and see where we are at the end of the season.”
“It would be a high point in our season if we can come back from Liverpool with a positive result. We will try and get the maximum, I can’t say anything more now, we have to see on Sunday.”
How we do on Sunday afternoon will depend a lot on Bassong, who of course was missing when The Reds thrashed us at St. James’ Park in December 5-1, and we missed Seb’s dominance in the air (and on the ground).
But this is an excellent chance for the youngster to show what he is made of, and of course one of his best games of the season came at Stamford Bridge in our 0-0 draw there, where he was simply magnificent alongside Coloccini for Newcastle at the back.
“I’m still confident the strikers will score the goals we need. If I do not believe in my teammates I may as well give up.” “I believe in the midfield, the defence and the strikers. They have the ability to strike, but the biggest thing in football is confidence.”
“If they are not confident they will not score and Alan is trying to give them that confidence back. He is working with the strikers on the training ground to get them back to scoring, he is working with them a lot.”
“They will score goals for us in the next four games. It will be hard on Sunday against Liverpool but they will score goals.”
As we said yesterday the 22 year Frenchman is not only an excellent young player, but even at a young age, he is already a leader at the club.
For one so young to come in and play consistently well in his very first season, with the club in all kinds of trouble both on and off the field, tells you something about the character of this lad.
The only thing we’re not sure about with Bassong is just how good he can become, but he looks to have everything it takes to become a top player, that’s for sure. It’s great to have such a great young talent at Newcastle United, and we have to hope he elects to stay with us in the summer.
If Newcastle can get a point at Liverpool on Sunday, it will be a great result for us, when it really matters.