Didier Digard, the young Middlesbrough player, was supposedly a target for Newcastle last summer, but he ended up at Middlesbrough.
Didier Digard – Middlesbrough midfielder
It turns out that Didier is a good friend of Newcastle’s 22 year-old center-back Seb Bassong, as the two of them have both played for the France Under-21 side and were at Clairefontaine together.
Digard said today:
“I remember an Under-16 Youth Cup quarter-final, he was playing for Metz and I was at Le Havre,” “We won and his team were crying afterwards.”
“After Monday, I hope it is him who is crying. When we hooked up for the France Under-21s, I reminded him of that game.”
“We do have a laugh with each other, but perhaps not right now because of the situations we are in. He is certainly not going to be my mate on the pitch on Monday.”
Bassong, who is one of the very few Newcastle players to have furthered their reputation this season, talked about his friend Dider this morning:
“Didier is my good friend,” “Sometimes he comes up to mine, I go down to his, or we pick up the phone.”
“We went to Clairefontaine (the French national academy), we played for the under-21s, but even before that we used to play against each other.”
“We ring each other all the time, I will take the mickey out of him, he will take the mickey out of me.”
Neither young player will want to play in the Championship next season, but it’s fairly clear that one, or both of them, may be plying their trade down there next season. Of course, there will also be a number of clubs hoping to take Bassong off Newcastle’s hands in the summer, should that happen.
But it may be that manager Alan Shearer may be able to persuade the youngster to stay at Newcastle, as he tries to build a good side around the youngster.
We’ve been more than critical of the Newcastle players this year, simply because they continue to let the fans down with poor results and poor displays, but the 22-year-old Bassong rejects any suggestion of any apathy in the squad:
“Every player cares,” “We can’t think about leaving if Newcastle went down.”
“Newcastle are a big, big club and we all care about the situation. We want to keep Newcastle in the Premier League, where they belong.”
“Newcastle gave me my chance and I have to give them something back.”
Didier Digard watches the Championship games on Sunday morning, and it looks like he’s not too impressed with what he sees, as he continued:
“I watch the Championship on a Sunday morning,” “It is very different from the Premier League, which is very fast and you recognise all the faces.”
“It looks very hard to play in the Championship. Some players do not control the ball, they just kick it upfield. Kick and run, it is very tough. I do not want to have to play in that league.”
Kick and run? Hey, that will fit our style of play just great and we’re experts at that – so if we do get relegated, we’ll come straight back up, just you watch. 😀
Both Duff and Bassong have both referred to Newcastle today as a big club or a massive club.
Question – do massive clubs actually win many of their games?