Top-Class Sebastien Bassong Will Be Valued at £15M

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?

Comments welcome.

* courtesy of KC and the Sunshine Band.

20 comments so far

  • toonoholic

    May 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #1

    the media entertainment begins. who the hell is he ?

  • lesh

    May 28, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Clearly Al’s settin his stall out and sending a big message to interested clubs.

    The key to keepin Bassong is to convince him that teh club means buisness and is serious about getting back in the Prem. That’s where the transfer budget and team-building plans come in as part of the selling exercise to the lad.

    The club really must convince him that he has a future with ac lub that meets with his ambition.

    Over to MA and Al to sell that to him – do so, and he’ll stay.

  • workyticket

    May 28, 2009 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed do you have a telepathic connection with Alan Shearer? You certainly write as if you do.

  • Steve R

    May 28, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Didn’t Bassong recieve an increase in this past season? We will never get 15mil for him but we can be like Reading and refuse to sell our players if no one reaches our asking price.

    I can’t wait to see if Vuckic will be a regular starter for us next season because he seems like a huge talent…and there is no such thing about being TOO young to play, Rooney was what 15-16 when he was ripping the net for Everton.

  • hitman

    May 28, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #5

    david craig just been on SSN,saying noone was at the training ground the day,and bookies have started taking bets on shearer not to be next manager.make of it what you will.

  • ieffrey

    May 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #6

    I would be happy to see the lad pair up with S.Taylor in the Championship next season! Both could be world class players in 5 years time!

  • boater

    May 28, 2009 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Steve R… Reading didn’t have a Champions League wage structure in place so they could afford to dig their heels in on transfer estimates.

    Drogonera.. as always wise words from you on the brainless Geordie drum beating. The fact that someone accused me of being an SMB for questioning Shearer as manager sums up the problems we have in a way.

    I want us to bring in new talented players, get the hell out of this league, score goals, work hard, pass the ball and have a new and healthier club to support. I haven’t seen any evidence that Shearer can do any on the above.

    He has the fans support so has a stronger negotiating foothold with Ashley- that’s it. In 6 games from 8 under Shearer we failed to score a single goal. I would go for Roeder or Ferguson before Shearer… hands down.

  • boater

    May 28, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #8

    By the way I meant Darren Ferguson as manager… although if SAF wants it.. I wouldn’t stand in his way.

  • ObaFan2

    May 28, 2009 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #9

    This lad has a bright future ahead of him, hopefully it will be with NUFC but if not then good luck to him.

    A squad of good youngsters next season with a mix of a few experienced players would be great and would give them good preperation for when we do get back to the EPL.

  • JackP

    May 28, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Well, the good news is that is seems as though Bruce is going to the SOS, finally removing him from our managerial shortlists (I freely admit to bias here: have never liked the chap). Although I am wary that Ashley & Shearer are failing/have failed to reach agreement, because that could be an omen for lack of investment > fire sale > administration > league one.

    If Shearer does stay, I can understand wanting to set a high price for Bassong, but realistically if he doesn’t sign a new contract, we’re never going to get £15m for him, as he’s only got 12 months left. So unless he can be persuaded to sign on the dotted line it’s either sell cheaper, or risk losing for nothing in 12 months…

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 28, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #11

    ED – If he’s in his last year of his contract then after 6 months he could sign a bosmon and leave for free at the end of the year. That way he gets what he wants and we’re screwed again.

    I am pleased that Shearer is reportedly putting a 15M asking price on the player as he is worth every penny.

    I would be extremely sad to see this lad go as he is THE best defender I have ever seen in Newcastle (he makes Woodgate look like a tool).


    WE NEED YOU!!! (very badly)

  • baro

    May 28, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #12

    yes thank u sharear
    we finally get more transfer money
    but don’t sell bassong

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    May 28, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #13

    But there is quite a chance that if they want the player they will have to pay if they really want him. After all a season in the championship god knows what will happen to the boy.

  • lacedaemonian

    May 28, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Be better off keeping him for a season and having his services than selling him to purchase unknown quantities.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 28, 2009 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Pay for a decent new chopper for Ashley 15m 🙂

  • jimiley

    May 28, 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #16

    15 mil could buy MA a load more shops. He won’t be buying any decent players. I know a few good 10 year olds for Mike’s youth policy. They cost a fiver each. Mike might go for that deal.

  • cosmicMini95

    May 28, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Great to see we are going to be “doing a Shay” and Given’ him away…

    Have no problems if the lad wants to go, there is a lack of quality CBs at the moment around and I am sure we will be seeing some crazy transfer amounts for the top players this Summer. And Bassong is one, a top player that is.

  • cosmicMini95

    May 28, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #18

    That was actually meant to read we areN’T “doing a Shay”!!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 29, 2009 at 2:29 AM

    Comment #19

    Bassong will be sold if we get a bid of around £8mil, I’m sure of it.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 29, 2009 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #20



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