Sebastien Bassong Destined For The Top

Sebastien Bassong is a very special young man at Newcastle, and he is as confident and relaxed off the field as he appears to be when he’s playing, and this lad surely is destined for the top.


Sebastien Bassong – so consistent this season for one so young

 And the French defender is still insisting that Newcastle United will win their survival fight, just like he’s been saying for months.

And Alan Shearer has already singled out the young Frenchman for special prais, since he’s beeen manager, as he realizes Newcastle have some player in their ranks – if only we can keep him at the club in the summer.

Bassong has literally gone from strength to strength this season, and he has without doubt been Newcastle’s best player in this his very first season, even though our defense has been as bad as ever.

If Newcastle are to survive, we need to beat both Middlesbrough and Fulham in our next two home games, and since we have only one win in the last 19 games, and only 6 wins all season, that may be a difficult task.

But Bassong is clear that Newcastle can win both these games, as he spoke to Newcastle United TV this morning:

The belief is still there that we can win the next two games,” “We have to. We can’t think about a draw. We have to win and that is what we will do.”

“We weren’t at our best at Liverpool and they played well, that is why we got beat.” “Everybody was sad after the game but we don’t have the time to be sad or disappointed.”

“We must look ahead to the Middlesbrough game because that will be the most important of the season so far.” 

We expect to hear these kinds of words from our players before the Middlesbrough game, but the lads have continually failed to produce this season in games like these, which have been called “must win” games. At least we listen to Seb, because this lad always produces, unlike some of the more experienced members of our team.

But time is running out and with 3 games to go it seems we need to win two of them to be sure of surviving.

Comments welcome.

35 comments so far

  • batty

    May 6, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #1

    roll on monday TOON TOON BLACK N WHITE ARMY

  • shearerbliss

    May 6, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Seb your a legend! The sad thing about if we go to the fizzy pop is that we would lose our genuine good players. We must get rid of these hangers on AS!

  • batty

    May 6, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #3

    aye get rid of mi ke ashly the dirty hanger on lol

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 6, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #4

    For me, he’s been the real bright spark apart this season. So important we hang onto him, best defender I’ve ever seen in black & white (for his age).

    As for Mike Ashley, I agree he’s made some terrible decisions since he’s been here, but he has learnt from them by getting rid of Wise and bringing in Shearer. Yes he has a long way to go, but I get the feeling that with Shearer at the helm Ashley won’t be the owner he has been. Give Shearer full control over signings and back room staff, and that’s all Ashley needs to do.

    Some good news released by the club today is that Lua Lua is back off loan and available for our remaining 3 games. Our little Ronaldhino will save us!

  • shearerbliss

    May 6, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    I would give MA another chance as long as AS has full control. I feel he would need another invested if possible to help in the transfer window, and should sell up some ofhis shares to a rich american!

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #6

    And I disagree with this notion that if we stay up we need to spend big. Big money signings are what have got us into trouble in the past.

    Arsenal and Everton have proved you don’t need to spend big to put together a great first 11. It’s about finding the right player for the club.

    Look at Bassong, our best player this season by far and only cost £2million. Give me 11 players of his quality for that price and I’d be more than happy!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 6, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #7

    i am givin mike ashley all the support in the world as long as he keeps big al at the helm.

    i can now see light at the end of the tunnel, once we escape this mess, im loving the fact we have a manager who is not scared to drop his captain, not scared to sqaure up to a no good jumped up tool(Barton- wich pains me to say as i like him as a player and thought he had changed), who has passion for the club (same as sir bob), in this man, even if we go down or not we can not fail

  • the holy grail

    May 6, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    When Joey Barton was sent to jail, Mike Ashley wanted to pull the plug on his contract, and under law he had every right to because THERE was the escape clause. Breach of contract, ect, ect. Newcastle had a way out.

    But Kevin Keegan told Ashley he could transform the troubled midfielder.

    After a lot of soul searching, Ashley agreed to give Barton ONE more chance, and what a big mistake that has been.

  • the holy grail

    May 6, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #9

    again keegan to blame not ashley!!!!!!!

  • Stuart79

    May 6, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #10

    6 Jamesthefirst // May 6, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    And I disagree with this notion that if we stay up we need to spend big. Big money signings are what have got us into trouble in the past.

    Arsenal and Everton have proved you don’t need to spend big to put together a great first 11. It’s about finding the right player for the club.

    Look at Bassong, our best player this season by far and only cost £2million. Give me 11 players of his quality for that price and I’d be more than happy!

    Tell me exactly what Arseanl and Everton have won since they stopped spending big money?

  • Toon Graeme

    May 6, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #11

    We cant look to what may or may not happen with Bassong.

    We have 2 key home matches left next week and theoretically could be safe by 5pm on Saturday the 16th of May.

    Barton, transfer window, Ashley, Llambias all pale into insignificance for me at this time.

    There is an article on NUFC website where southgate has warned his players about SJP and our crowd.

    We need to repeat the atmosphere of pompey and then some as it is a local derby of sorts. If you are able to be there in person, be loud and proud and for god sake – sod the rush to get the bus or traffic – stay til the end whistle!!

  • komfort

    May 6, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #12

    tg , any plans for naughty jog if we win mate ?

  • the holy grail

    May 6, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13


    what have man city won or even achived compared to everton, and sunderland last calander year spend the 6th most money IN THE WORLD on transfers and tell me where they are.

    why would any1 willing spend lotts of money when you potentially dont have to e.g us buying basson and someone buying him from us.


  • Stuart79

    May 6, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Tell that to he top 3!

  • Stuart79

    May 6, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #15

    I understand your point to a degree but if you sell your best players and don’t re-invest the money you end up in the championship.

    Ask Southampton, Coventry, Norwich ect…


    May 6, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #16

    TG, hull stoke will be the decider in our season… stoke are safe, they know that, and to be honest, i can see a team like stoke wanting to give hull a helping hand to survive, first season in prem an all that.

    i fear our season is over come this saturday and we have no tdone enough up until this point to warrant staying up,

    if we do, we dont deserve it, but i can guarantee MA comes out and says he always knew we’d survive and he wont do enough in the close season to prepare for 09/10.

    i am of the mindset now, that us going down is the best thing for the club, MA will leave, someone will buy the club at a knock down price knowing that the basis of NUFC is good enough to get back in the prem. everyone goes on about leeds, but that aint us, you see teams bouncing back up to the prem all the time… birmingham for example.

    MA, i supported through the thick of it all but now, just one stupid decision after another, he hasn’t shown any inclination of learning the football game and the club has been rudderless since keegan left, not that i support keegan in him leaving us high and dry, but thats another matter.

    its as simple as this, we are staring relegation in the face, the fifth largest club in the EPL, never was such a position even contemplated before… and the reaosn why is infront of our faces, i feel for shearer, his pride forced him to come in and take the helm, but he’s a novice when it comes to management and he should of bit his tongue and held off, i suppose the good thing will be that he’ll be able to ply his trade ina lower league to gain his experience

  • Toon Graeme

    May 6, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Komfort – I may have to alter the route – but will be willing to run up Barrack road to me car and swing me pants around me head whilst doing the funky chicken or somit. I’ll ponder on that 🙂

    DJM Toon – Stoke will make it a personal mission to get Hull relegated I can guarantee it and I call upon old Abdulaye Faye and Delap to do their worst.

    Pulis will want Hull down and Im sure the team too. They will know that they will prob go down if we win the following Monday.

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 6, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #18

    @DJM TOON – I think this relegation battle has been a real wake up call for Ashley. It’s proved his decisions are not the way to go, and taught him to swallow his pride and put faith in Shearer being the boss in every sense.

    I still believe we will stay up (by the skin of our teeth), and that Ashley, Shearer, and our best players (Bassong, Beye) will be much stronger for it.

    Despite all the mess at our club this season, a lot of fans from other clubs have spoken about total respect to Shearer for throwing Barton out on his ear. In a short time Shearer has started to restore out credibility as a club with other fans and the media.

    If/when we stay up, it’s about putting together a pacy creative team that can compete for a top 6 place next season. Then build on that the following season with some world class players.


    May 6, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #19

    i hope your right my friend.

    and lets hope ourselves can be as helpful as other teams are being towards us of late, were very fortunate our season isnt over already

  • Stuart79

    May 6, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #20

    18 Jamesthefirst // May 6, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Ya dreaming mate!

  • Craigg

    May 6, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #21

    I agree about spending mega bucks on past it major names hasnt worked much for us in the years gone by.

    But if we want to stay in this league an £20m-£30m is needed as we are so weak in some areas its ridiculous.

    Ashley used to bang on all the time about buying the best young players, That will cost money as well, Its OK spending a small fee on young lads from Plymouth and Swindon who may or may not turn out to be quality in 4 or 5 years time.

    Show us that ambition that youve always claimed to be there yet never backed it up bring in:

    Miguel Veloso
    Michael Johnson
    Adam Johnson
    Mamadou Sakho
    David Wheater

    They would plug the gaping holes in our squad, Also there is going to be some very good free transfers out there in the summer as well Jermaine Pennant, Lucas Neill, Daniel Sturridge ETC.

    Djibril Cisse, Darren Bent, Tom Huddlestone, Gareth Bale, Nico Kranjcar, David Bentley and Peter Crouch all look likely to be available as well.

    When (Not If) we stay up put your money where your mouth is lardo and back Al.


    May 6, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #22

    james the first

    bloody hell fella, you have high hopes… pass me the prozac

    nothing has led me to believe that MA has changed or evolved.

    as for putting together the team you suggest, it sounds very exciting… we better hope our reserves are up to it, because its going to be very difficult to find the kind of players that can be pushing us for the top half of the table next season, never mind top six.

    alas, the only top half of a table we’ll be seeing next term is the championship, and please god see the sincerity of my reverse psychology there… please!

  • Stuart79

    May 6, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Who can you buy with 8m to fill all the gaps in our squad? If we stay up that is.

    If we go down it will be nothing!

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 6, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #24

    You have to stay optimistic in these troubled times…otherwise you’d go insane 🙂

    I’m not even thinking about who we can buy in the summer, I think it’s much more important that Shearer finally gets rid of the “has beens” that are eating up our wage bill. Dropping them is a start but actually selling them is another…

    At least we have Fat Sam back in work…he’ll take Butt, Smith and Barton off us no problem.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 6, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Here is a sentence shuved into the end of the Chronicle article with Duff:

    “Meanwhile, Smith has emerged as a slight doubt for the Tyne-Tees derby after picking up an ankle injury in the defeat at Liverpool”

    That would leave Guthrie and to replace him I would think. If we went 4 3 3

  • Craigg

    May 6, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Toon Graeme

    I hope and pray that knock is enough to see him out and we need Steven Taylor to recover in time.

    —Beye–S Taylor–Bassong–Duff—-

    Subs: Krul, Edgar, R Taylor, Nolan, Lovenkrands, Carroll, Ranger

  • DanToon

    May 6, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #28


  • Toon Graeme

    May 6, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Dantoon – getting excited for the match on Monday fella?

  • komfort

    May 6, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #30

    regardless of what you spend on players the three crucial ingredients required for success are : spirit , belief & hunger…sadly we are lacking in all three..but hey we’ve got big al and if ash decides to back him then i think we’ve got a chance..

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 6, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #31

    In honour of our player of the season, this is the team for Boro:


    Admittedly he might get a bit tired, but we will still win 🙂

  • workyticket

    May 6, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Toon Graeme // May 6, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    “That would leave Guthrie and to replace him I would think. If we went 4 3 3”

    Guthrie wouldn’t really fit into a 4-3-3 Graeme, Sadly, Barton was really our best available option for that system overall, someone with defensive qualities who can also play a more attacking game and link with the front. You really need a special kind of player, like an Essien or a Yaya Toure in such a position. 4-3-3 is more for top teams with great players like that.

  • chuck

    May 6, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Yes it`s true he has been one of the few positive surprises this season (Bassong) and says all the right things.
    Seems to have lost a little concentration lately but in general a great buy, hope he is not tempted to leave as did our other great young French player N`Zogbia.
    On saying that there`s two excellent young French defenders at PSG and Mbia a midfield engine room would also fit in well.
    That and a playmaking midfielder a striker to replace the flop Owen and we are set.
    About 30 to 40m. some of which could be financed by selling , which is not going to be easy as not many teams would be willing to take on high wage flops.
    But recent experience says unknowns and free agents will be the reality, some people are slow learners.

  • chuck

    May 6, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Some good players among that crowd, but the expectations of last summer and the winter window mentioned players of that caliber.
    What did we get, well we lost our two best( or close to it) players Given and N`zogbia and picked up Ryan Taylor, some deal eh !
    Expect more of the same, should be heading into the third division by this time next year.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 7, 2009 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #35



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