We would just love to see Sebastien Bassong stay on Tyneside, and try to get us promoted in our first season in the Championship.
Sebastien Bassong – fantastic displays for the Magpies this season
But we are also realistic and know Seb is very ambitious and wan to stay playing in the Premier League – or asnother top league – and he will certainly have a number of suitors, including Arsenal.
But it may be that Shearer has already talked to the 22 year-old, and it looks like he wants to leave, so Alan is expected to put a reasonable £15m valuation on Newcastle’s star defender.
There’s no doubt this player is worth that money as he was Newcastle best player in his first season in the Premier League, and he is leading our poll for Player Of The Season with 67%% of the vote so far.
Shearer would love to keep Bassong on Tyneside and build a team around the former Metz player – but he knows that Arsenal, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Spurs are all interested in the player who was Newcastle’s star man of the season just finished.
Those teams want the best and are willing to pay reasonable prices, and they will no doubt have been watching this boy last season put in some top-class performances – so he is already – after just one season – a proven Premier League player.
And having seen the Manchester United defense last night look decidedly weak, Alex Ferguson himself may be intereste in the lad, as Manchester United were rather easily beatn by a terrific Barcelona side – who were a joy to watch.
Alan Shearer, when (if) he signs his new deaal at the club – which is expected to be within the next 36 hours – will attempt with everything he has, to keep Seb on Tyneside, and if he stays, expect the Newcastle fans to be over the moon, and Seb to become a top Newcastle player of the future Shearer era.
If he stays on Tyneside, even though we have been relegated – has every chance of being offered a bumper contract by the club, and with Alan Shearer and a new management team in place, plus commitments from Shearer (and Ashley hopefully) to build a team around him, there is a chance – a small chance – that he will stay.
And some readers this morning were wondering why we would criticise Michael Owen, because after all he is leaving.
Why not – he did nothing for the club – but if Bassong leaves – the exact opposite article will be written on Seb – because this lad was class – pure class – both in his play – his fighting spirit and trying to save the club..
It’s not his fault we were relegated and one of the penalties of relegation is it’s hard to keep your best players – even when they were earning the lowest wage of anybody else in the first team – which was the case last season with Sebastien.
Owen was on £110K/week last season – and Seb was on around £5K/week – so Michael earned 22 times the amount Seb did – yet in our poll for Player of the Season Seb has 67% of the vote and Michael 2% – it tells it’s own story doesn’t it?
And what’s the sign of a good scouting and youth policy?
Buying a basically unknown player for £500K in August and selling him for £15M in the following June. We still would love the lad to stay, but if he goes for the asking price, then Newcastle will have made £600K each month, in Seb’s increasing transfer value – not too bad – not too bad at all.
If the Frenchman decides to leave – we will wish him the very best, and are certain he will become a top top player in the future.
We’d just like to see the player in a few years time still be in a black and white shirt.
We are not going to lower ourselves by begging him to stay – but a short message to Seb PLEASE DON’T GO* 😀
Really wish we could get him to stay – what’s his cell phone number?
* courtesy of KC and the Sunshine Band.