Job One For Bassong Is Fighting To Keep Newcastle Up

Sebastien Bassong has been one of the rare huge successes, in what has been a terrible season for Newcastle United.


Sebastien Bassong – young Frenchman has been Newcastle’s best player

Sebastien Bassong had another strong game for Newcastle on Monday night, and we could have had a second home clean sheet on the trot but for the unfortunate own goal.

Of course we have heard that Arsenal are more than interested in Seb, and the London club certainly need a big powerful center-back, but we hope if will not be Bassong.

Three points for Newcastle United tomorrow will go a long way to securing Premier League status and it would be great if we can wrap things up before our final game, to save some of us the unbelievable tension of these games. 😀

The French youngster is refusing to get carried away with the situation, after Newcastle’s wonderful and classy 3-1 win over Middlesbrough, on Monday evening.

Bassong told the Evening Chronicle today about Fulham:

“They don’t have amazing names, but they have a good spirit and shape, so it’s going be a tough game again.” “We’re used to playing tough games, so we just have to do our job, and we will see what will happen.”

“I was on the bench at Fulham when we lost. It was a hard game, but we are not thinking about that game, only this one.” “We just have to think about the win against Middlesbrough. If we play like that, I think we will do it.”

As we would have expected, spirits have been high in training this week, and it seems like Sebastien Bassong, who has a tremendous temperament for football and seems such a good lad, wants to wrap up what would be an amazing six days. That’s if we can win tomorrow, of course.

Sebastien continued:

“It has been a good week for us, and we will be ready for the game.” “It was an important result against Middlesbrough.”

“We’re fighting to stay up, and I think we need another good result at home. After that, we will see what we need at Villa Park.”

And Bassong thought the atmosphere on Monday night was just unbelievable, as he continued:

“The atmosphere was unbelievable.” “The fans were amazing. The helped us very much.” “I’m sure the fans will give the same energy. We need them, and with them, we will be better.”

And of course this was bound to come up, as the youngster was then asked if talks over a new contract will still take place at the end of the season.

But Bassong rightly did not fall for the bait, and says he will simply concentrate first on saving Newcastle, which mimics his manager, and it’s the right thing to say right now.

Sebastien said:

“Newcastle gave me a chance, and I’m happy about it.”

“But I’m fighting with my team-mates to make Newcastle stay up, and that is the only thing I’m thinking about.”

There will be plenty of time in the summer to discuss all of this, once Newcastle are hopefully safe – which is job one.

And we have rather high hopes that the influence of  a certain Alan Shearer, will convince Bassong that his future lies on Tyneside.

That should be backed up with a vastly improved contract for the player from the club, who has more than earned it this season, with his terrific displays for Newcastle this season.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    May 15, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Bassong hasnt looked great in the past couple of games but still has been our best player this season.

  • tdt

    May 15, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #2

    very good defender, him beye, S.Taylor and a new left back will be a very impressive defence. I dont think we would be in this poor position if beye wasnt injured mis-season, thats when we had some bad performances. We have a good defence: when there fit. Bassong and S.Taylor are the future fedinand/vidic, terry/carvaliho, campbell/adams (old school but in point nonetheless). a good centraldefensive partnership is what the toon have missed all along.

  • Doocey

    May 15, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Great player.

    Great signing.

    He’s just so accomplished on the ball, never panics. I remember in the Liverpool game he fooled 3 Liverpool players with the same dummy instead of blasting a wasteful ball out.

    Legend 🙂

  • Robby Bobson

    May 15, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #4

    If one thing keeps Bassong at the club it will be the atmosphere at St James. Monday night was just sensational and it wont be easy for a player to turn away from that if we reporduce it tomorrow.

    He was actually less decisive Monday and Emnes was causing him problems, but i think thats just in comparison with the high standard he usually shows. Top top player. Arsenal need him tho!!!!

    With Bassong we have our companding centre back, now we need a centre back who can play and start plays from the back rio style.

  • Rodzilla

    May 15, 2009 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #5

    ….Collocini? 😉

    Does anyone on here think Collocini will improve next year, or even be kept on? Or is he just another bit of bad stock-taking, destined for the NUFC ‘reduced to clear’ section.

    I’ve heard people suggest he’s tried out in the DM role…

  • Robby Bobson

    May 15, 2009 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Also…i am not a huge Keegan disciple, but he brought him to the club not Wise, so credit really needs to go to Keegan for this one.

    Im saying this because before i found this out i partially defended Wise becuase of the find of Bassong and the promise Jonas was showing…not anymore obvisuly.

  • Robby Bobson

    May 15, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Colocinni was a top defender is Spain but not good enough to displace Taylor or Bassong. He needs a good defensive coach to show him the ropes in the prem and improve his positioning, but there is potential but if we get the chance to cash in then we should.

  • Toon_Factor

    May 15, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #8


    Seen him play there on numerous occasions and has been very good, no point in letting him go after 1 season, foreigners should be allowed 1 year to settle in, Newcastle are the only team who dont give people chances and this time we really should – maybe not CB but as a defensive midfielder I think he could be a decent player.

  • Rodzilla

    May 15, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #9

    …or maybe even at RB Toon_Factor, I know he played in that position in Spain too – maybe he’d be better suited there? I agree though, I’ve heard the figure 6M being bandied about – would be insane to make such a loss after only one season.

  • johnnyr77

    May 15, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #10

    I agree with some of the positive comments about colo maybe being better suited for a defensive midfield role. Rather than making a loss on him at least give him a chance there. regarding bassong, an old head on young shoulders springs to mind, an absolute revelation.

  • AndyT

    May 15, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #11

    Bassong has been absolutely tremendous this season! Shearer needs to do all he can to keep him over the summer. Although Arsene Wenger has to be drooling at the prospect of a young, French, provenly solid Premier League center back.
    Go along with the Colo debate, he might be a solid DM or even backup RB. Nicky Butt is even more susceptible to bad decisions than Colo, but since those bad decisions don’t immediately result in a goal-scoring opportunity, it’s not emphasized as much. I would like to see Colo tried out in the position if our fate has been sealed next weekend.

  • Jan Stavik

    May 15, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Coloccini should NOT be sold, he’s a fine defender. Give the lad time, and he’ll come good. The defense have been terrible this season, but with a new goalie and less injuries we’ll see a more stable back four next term.

    I’d like to see Bassong and Coloccini week in and week out, they are by far our two best centre halfs.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 16, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Bassong has looked shakey recently.

    Colo can go as we’ll still get 5-7mil for him from a Spanish club. He jus aint up to the pace and intensity of the prem.

    As for Colo playing DM, that is a sickening thought after his display there against Man City (A), he was utterly useless.

  • Rodzilla

    May 16, 2009 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #14


  • Tom_Toon

    May 17, 2009 at 1:56 AM

    Comment #15



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