Sebastien Bassong, our 22 year-old center-back signed from Metz last summer, has easily been Newcastle’s best player this season, and anything he says we take some notice of, because here’s a player who has produced for Newcastle, when it has mattered.
Sebastien Bassong – Newcastle’s best player this season – easily!
And while Bassong is shoo-in to be the Newcastle Player of the Season, he also feels that now is the time for the side to get themselves out of the bottom three, hopefully once and for all.
Sebastien talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today
“It’s simple, against Middlesbrough we have to get three points or we’re in great danger of going down.” “It’s the biggest battle, we must sweat blood for the team and put bodies on the line.”
“I have experienced some big games for Newcastle but none bigger than this.” “In the past we have had favours from other teams but now we have to do ourselves a favour and do ourselves justice.”
Bassong was apparently very unhappy at the way Newcastle surrendered and were easily beaten by Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, but the former Metz and France Under-21 star has warned his colleagues they cannot look back but must go forward and come out fighting.
“The Liverpool game was disappointing.” “I felt frustrated because the first goal was probably offside and we couldn’t recover.”
“We had to take the defeat though like men.” “Whatever happened in that game we knew that against Middlesbrough we would have to come out fighting.”
“We’ll need the fans right behind us again.” “The Portsmouth game was a great atmosphere but we couldn’t deliver a result.” “We must do that for them tonight.”
Great words from young Sebastien, who is not only a budding International star player, but he’s also a great professional, even for one so young, and of course, he has a tremendous temperament, and has played well in Newcastle’s big games this year.
We need more players like Seb at the club, so we’d like to see some unknown youngsters signed, and maybe some may come as good as Sebastien has this season. He was signed for around £500K from Metz, and this player is worth at least £10M on the market right now, but we have to hope Alan can keep him at Newcastle United.
We’ve been very critical of our players this year, but not young Bassong, who has played magnificently for the club this season.
This is starting to be quite a long day as we await this game tonight, but it will be great if we can get the win.