Bassong Named In Cameroon Squad For World-Cup Qualifiers

Great news today for our star player of last season, Sebastien Bassong.

Sebastien Bassong – call up by Cameroon

Cameroon have named Newcastle United center-back Sebastien Bassong in their squad for the World Cup qualifier against Morocco on June 7th, the national soccer federation said on Monday.

Paris-born Bassong, 22, is a former French Under-21 international but because he did not play a competitive match for the French juniors he is eligible for his parents’ home country Cameroon.

This could be what Newcastle need, because if he takes up the option to play for Cameroon, and plays just once, they will see how great he is, and he wouldn’t need t move ton Arsenal to get into the French side, and then, even in the Championship he can be playing in the World Cup next summer in South Africa.

This is potentially good news for Newcastle because they should offer the youngster massive wages (but not too much) to keep this lad on Tyneside, and we’re sure that’s one specific item Alan wants to discuss with owner Mike Ashley – he wants them to persuade Bassong to stay.

22 comments so far

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 25, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #1

    good news

  • tdt

    May 25, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #2

    I like your logic Edward.

  • toonoholic

    May 25, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #3

    he taylor beye and enrique. keep hold of them and build a midfield around them

  • Partizan

    May 25, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #4

    I was feeling like s**t yesterday i have to admit,i’m so glad that this club has the best fans in the world and i’m part of that family evethough my local team is the team who kicked Newcastle out of the CL.So many times i wish it hadnt 🙁

  • tdt

    May 25, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #5

    build a midfield around a defence – what formation r u playin? lol joking – but i understand they can be the solid foundation:


  • Doocey

    May 25, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Duff wants to stay, but I’m sure he wants his wages to stay the same too 😉

  • gibbotwg

    May 25, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Bassong has no intension of stating now were in the championship, i thik he will have left within about a week of the transfer window opening.

  • Charlie Toon

    May 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Completely disagree. Bassong’s gone I’m afraid. He won’t play in the Championship. Keeping hold of Stevie Taylor is the defensive priority.

  • Bill F

    May 25, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #9

    He still has two years on his contract, so we could ensure he stays (as Villa did with Barry). However I reckon if enough bucks are offered then Ashley will sell. He is a serial seller and I doubt if he will have learned his lesson. If he does then I hope its early enough in the window and we get any replacementrs needed quickly this time.

  • Aza9

    May 25, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #10

    I really do hope AS can persuade Bassong to stay. If he is sold we will get very good money for him which may make up slightly for the lack of funds we will recieve for our other players. Squad for next season with a few (possible) additions:

    Gk – Harper, Krul, Forrester

    CB – S.Taylor, Kadar, Tozer, Bassong, (2 Experienced CB’s)

    WB – R.Taylor, Beye, (J.Mattock/Leicester City), (Another LB)

    CM – Butt, Guthrie, (F.Delph/Leeds), (J.Shelvey/Charlton), (An experienced CM)

    AM – Duff, LuaLua, Godsmark, (Mono/Xerez), (Commons/Derby)

    ST – Ranger, Carroll, Xisco, Lovenkrands, (New Number 9)

  • nats7798

    May 25, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #11

    any updates on newcastle players pledging to fight in championship next season besides duffy?

  • Paul141726

    May 25, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #12

    I would not mind keeping that back line together in the fizzy league if we could, but I don’t see it happening. As for building a midfield, I agree. But first, get rid of all of those who flatter to decieve. and that’s ALL of our frequent starters in midfield.
    Butt-too slow
    Jonas-no end product
    Nolan-is he even a footballer?
    Duff-was he ever as good as he was at Chelski?
    Guthrie-have seen the “try” but results?
    Smith-even he’s not sure he’s a midfielder
    An entirely new midfield with pace, guts to make the hard (but fair) tackle, and a few 6’2″ or better. Please Santa Claus-early christmas presents for us.

  • apanzhafran

    May 25, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #13

    we should keep guthrie his only 21? he could be better and his position is central not right! duff is ok but i think others should go

  • Ross

    May 25, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Had time to calm down a little, look at things slightly more rationally and i still cant see Bassong being here next season sadly. Unless, someone somehow convinces him that wholesale changes will be made throughout the club and he will only be spending a season in the championship, be it the truth or not. SS also mentioned something about uss playing in the first round of the Carling Cup or something next season?, but i didnt pay too much attention.

  • serene0380

    May 25, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #15
  • Robby Bobson

    May 25, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Bassong left the team that brought him into professional football because they got relegated s unfortunately i can see him leaving. If i was Bassong i would hold out for France tbh.

    Time to move on…get committed young blood like St Ledger or Killgallon to replace him who will give blood for the shirt.

  • Greg B

    May 25, 2009 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Aza9 – pretty sure Godsmark been released or at least told he is surplus to requirements, as have a couple of other youngsters – madness IMO but there you go.

  • Greg B

    May 25, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #18

    BTW Robby, St Ledger looks a good bet, and PNE would sell for the right price. Also think ‘the beast’ big John Parkin would be worth a look too.


    May 25, 2009 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #19

    GREG B
    We need pace not the Beast Parkin!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 26, 2009 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #20

    Greg B you gotta be avin a laugh with Parkin im still fked from last night as was close to a stomach punch with a battered head from getting in a fight or two and I still have enough sense not to suggest Parkin!

    As for this Cameroon call, Bassong might just be good enough for France, but not while the mental Domenech is in charge.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 26, 2009 at 2:22 AM

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  • Sav

    May 26, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22

    IF Bass stays and IF we get back up at the first try, in that longer term, its not a great choice to have him off with Cameroon to the African Nations Cup in Jan/Feb every couple of years and all that travel.
    S.Taylor is staying but Ryan T. needs to ship out as well – although he’s probably cheap enough ok for Phase One of Alan’s Big Plan.


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