Sebastien Bassong has had a great season at Newcastle, in his very first season in the Premier League, and tomorrow the 6’2″ dominant Frenchman will face probably his biggest test ever, as he goes up against one of the world’s greatest strikers in Fernando Torres.
Fernando Torres – world-class striker
Fernando Torres has adapted to the physical game of the Premier League wonderfully well, and the man is a joy to watch, and some of his goals are just amazing.
Here’s one player, who cost Liverpool £26.5M from Atletico Madrid in 2007, and he’s been worth every penny, and has Fernando has also scored goals when they have counted for Liverpool.
It seems from his Match of the Day comments that Shearer thinks he is one of the best in the world, but now Alan has to try to contain him tomorrow, if we are to get anything at all out of the match at Anfield.
Alan talked about the Spanish striker:
“Fernando Torres is probably the best striker in the world. I’m a huge admirer of his.” “He is a great goalscorer and the scorer of great goals. He is a top, top player, with power, pace, work-rate but more importantly goals.”
“So our defenders will know on Sunday afternoon that they have been in a game. Have we got enough to keep him quiet? I believe so.” “Probably our best player since I came here has been Sébastien Bassong. It is probably his toughest test since I came.”
“Can he cope with it? I believe so. I have been very impressed by Sébastien. He has everything, though I’d like him to score a goal from a corner. I have been very impressed, he has good pace, is good in the air, can use the ball, and can read the game.”
“I think he has a big future in the game, I really do.”
Bassong was suspended for the game last December, when Liverpool put in one of their best displays of the season and annihilated Newcastle 5-1, and we certainly missed Bassong’s aerial presence in that game, as Sami Hyypia killed us from corners.
It should be quite a battle between Fernando and Sebastien tomorrow, and Seb is a big game player, so we wouldn’t put it past him to c0ntain the Spaniard, but whether we can contain Liverpool in general is another thing.
And the last thing we wanted to hear is that Steven Gerrard will return to the side. Steven gave a brilliant display at St. James’ Park last December, as he decimated our side.
When Steven was replaced in the second half, the Toon Army gave him a well deserved standing ovation – we certainly know a great player when we see one.
We’re hoping for something out of tomorrow’s game – as usual.