Newcastle United Blog – Player Of Season – Sebastien Bassong

It is probably not too surprising that our Player of the Season, quite easily for last season, was 22 year-old mercurial center-back Sebastien Bassong


Sebastien Bassong – Newcastle United Blog – Player Of The Season

The final results were as follows – and we ended the vote once 1000 votes had been reached  – with Bassong the easy winner.


Sebastien had a terrific season for Newcastle and he quickly gained a first team regular first team place after having a magnificent game at Stamford Bridge last year, after Steven Taylor was injured.

We reportedly paid just £500K for the lad, and Alan Shearer has already put a transfer value of £15M on him just 10 months later. If he is transferred we would expect not only Arsenal to be after him and realistically could get between £10M and £15M for the player. Manchester United could even be in for him in the summer.

That is testament to his unbelievable emergence and progress as a top player this season. Those who say that price is ridiculous haven’t seen this lad play.

We expect Seb to become a Cameroon International this coming Saturday when Cameroon is at home (Yaounde)  to Morocco in World Cup qualifiers, and then we expect him to get a second cap two weeks later when Cameroon are at Gabon (Libreville). We hope those games are shown on TV, so the fans can see how he does.

Last year Habib Beye got the Player of the Season with 51% of the vote, with Nicky Butt narrowly shading Michael Owen for second place, with both on 11% of the vote.

So two Paris born players have won the honor over the last couple of years.

Of course this lad will be in great demand  in the summer and it remains to be seen if he we remain at the Newcatsle.

But the current stagnation at the club cannot be helping with Mike Ashley  presumably dragging his feet on a manager appointment, until new owners are found. We hope that some announcement will be made at the end of the week, but we are not holding our breath.

There are nasty rumors going around that Mike could bypass Alan and appoint Joe Kinnear, but if that happens Mike will be in for a rude awakening form the fans, who are seething at the mistakes he made that have cost a proud club so dearly.

We don’t think Mike is that daft – but we’ve said that before, and been wrong.

Bassong was fantastic for Newcastle last year, his temperament is first class and add to that he’s a smashing lad, and the player is a real standout.

But it will be up to Bassong to decide if he wants to stay on Tyneside for next season, and no doubt we would expect him to be offered a good wage packet to stay, and maybe up to £2M a year, and as we’ve said before,  he will earn that wage next season if only we can get him to stay.

With Steven Taylor coming on strong in the second half  of the season, our best two players last season could form a great central defense for Newcastle in the Championship.

We think that if Alan is appointed manager shortly, is a chance that he could persuade Seb to stay on Tyneside.

If you would like to contact Seb to congratulate him on fantastic season, and even ask him to stay on Tyneside, you can send an email to him via this web site, and Alan Shearer is also available .

We cannot praise Basssong enough for his great play and fighting spirit for us this season, and he will deservedly become a Cameroon International on Saturday (we assume) and now he is an International and has made great strides,  he may decide things are good for his career on Tyneside.

But we will not beg the lad to sta,y and the choice is up to him.

We would have only a few things to say to Bassong  – please stay! – don’t leave us now !- we beg of you! – please stay – please – don’t go!

Whoops, we said we wouldn’t do that. 😀

Seriously though, Sebastien  Bassong was fantastic for Newcastle United last season. He is a credit to the club, and hes just the type of player we want and need at the club right now.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • ChrisToon1988

    Jun 3, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #1

    ideal i love him he class haha – Marry Me Seb 😛

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 3, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Sorry but if an offer over £10 million came in its bye bye Bassong.

    I think he has more than deserved the accolade – well done Seb.

  • matias

    Jun 3, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Funny how different the poll results become if the voting is done after season. Jonas Gutierres took home the poll that was calculated from the after match polls by the official site.

  • Dan4Toon

    Jun 3, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Great player – Please don’t go !!

    I would want next year:





    Subs: Harper, Fox, Naughton, Commons, Orr, Lovenkrands, Carroll. 🙂

  • OHurley

    Jun 3, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #5

    I really hope that 1- Shearer is appointed permanent manager, and 2- He can persuade Seb to stay. Everything else will fall into place after that. Hopefully we’ll get some new owners with deep pockets (Warren Buffet/Bill Gates, I hope you’re listening…) and get back to the Premier League next season. And then hopefully reclaim our rightful place in the top four after a few seasons of rebuilding. Damnit, I hate Mike Ashley (and I was always a MA supporter, too…).

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 3, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed- is it possible to do more of those polls, like most Improved player, Best goal, Worst signing etc? find it quite interesting about who people choose.

  • hitman

    Jun 3, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #7

    what worries me the sale of the club could drag on for months.

  • Shot Bru

    Jun 3, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Harper (2mil), Barton(3 mill), Nolan(3 mill), RTaylor (1mill), Ameobi( 1mill), Butt(250,000), Geremi (250,000), Colo(4mill), Jonas(5 mill), Martins (7.5 mll), Xisco(2mil), Smith(1.5 mill). Release: Owen, Viduka, Cacapa = £30.5 mill + saving of wages per year of all these players ?
    Bring in summer/ january windows
    Defenders: Roland Juhasz, Scott Dann, Kyle Walker
    Midfielders/Wingers: Jonjo Shelvey, Stephen Hunt, Andrew Driver, Akos Buzsaky, Jordi Gomez, Joe ledley, Scott Brown, Andrew Surman, Rasmus Elm, Nick Bailey.
    Forwards: Simon Cox, Marcus Berg( i hear you TT worth a try though)

    15 players out and 16 players in.

    15 players out 16 players in, to go along with some of our own promising youngsters on realistic wages should provide the squad with some much needed youth, hunger and ambition. Pure fantasy football, i guess it’s easier said than done trying to turnaround that many players especially when we don’t even have a manager.

  • DevonMag

    Jun 3, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #10

    lol Ohurley…our ‘rightful’ place in the top four?

  • DD2

    Jun 3, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #11

    type in

    ‘hitler finds out newcastle gets relegated’

    on youtube

  • Toon_Factor

    Jun 3, 2009 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Shot Bru

    You feeling ok?

  • Shot Bru

    Jun 3, 2009 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Not bad Toon Factor lol.

  • Spoonman

    Jun 3, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #14

    I can’t believe 20 people actually voted for Owen 😐

    These jokers should be named and shamed.

  • mylestoon

    Jun 3, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #15

    newcastle is like the government (labour) falling in to abyss. Stability! enough said.

    well done bassong, well played sir!

  • OHurley

    Jun 3, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #16


    Absolutely. I think we should feel a sense of entitlement after the past few years of soap opera… right? I mean, if any team’s fans deserve to see their team in the top four, it’s us, right?

  • DevonMag

    Jun 3, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #18

    From that perspective yeah…we’ve been through a lot of crap an that…but what about the long suffering city fans? Or the scum? Very loyal, vocal fans as well. We’re just in the media more and are better suited to certain stereotypes. But I do see what you’re saying

  • IrishMan

    Jun 3, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed, “mercurial” can also mean fickle and erratic – a good description of the team this season.

  • OHurley

    Jun 3, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #20


    New top four:

    1. Newcastle 🙂
    2. Scum (why not, like?)
    3. Citeh
    4. Everton (cos they damn sure deserve to be there)

    Now that would be something to see, like!!!!

  • DanToon

    Jun 3, 2009 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Well i started my new job today at Sports Direct HQ, i’m a Buyer for them now. Ashley walked past my desk 4 or 5 times today the first time i saw him i was like wow that’s Mike Ashley and the after about the 4th time i just wanted to smash his face in. With his smug face and all his bumboy directors licking his ar*e. He don’t give a foo***k about Newcastle, i can tell.

  • DanToon

    Jun 3, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Well i started my new job today at Sports Direct HQ, i’m a Buyer for them now. Ashley walked past my desk 4 or 5 times today the first time i saw him i was like wow that’s Mike Ashley and the after about the 4th time i just wanted to smash his face in. With his smug face and all his bumboy directors licking his ar*e. He don’t give a fok about Newcastle, i can tell.

  • Patto 76

    Jun 3, 2009 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #23

    OHurley – reclaim our rightful place in the top four.

    While I support your optimism and I would love to see that happen soon but we have only been a top 4 team 5 times in the last 15 years and the last time was 2003.

    Lets take some more baby steps and try and build a team that can take this team onwards. But not cripple it financially like what has happened previously.

    Just hope something is sorted out soon though .

  • OHurley

    Jun 3, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #24


    Agreed, m8. Top four in 5-7 years. I absolutely think we should build the club on a solid financial foundation and make it sustainable for the long term before gettin’ ahead of ourselves and just buying every player in the world. I think it’s a realistic goal, should we get good new owners in. Where’s Bill Gates when ya need him, huh?? lol

  • Patto 76

    Jun 4, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #25

    OHurley –

    That’s more realistic than your first statement. Thanks for the clarification mate. Good to see you are not one of the very very few that expects everything for us.

    After the initial heartbreak I had at the end of the game against villa when we were relegated, I thought that this could be interesting. I was looking forward to what was going to happen in the championship, Imagine how some of the teams and fans would be against us at SJP with 50,000 toon army singing. Scared is what I would hope.

    Unfortunately with the announcement of the sale of the club I am not sure 🙁

    5-7 years mate, now you are going the other way 🙂 be a bit optimistic than that mate. Earliest possible 2 years time. Aim for 4 and is good.

    Unfortunately for us Bill Gates puts all his time and money into charity now( Do we qualify as a charity yet? 🙂 ) so he is no go. 🙂

  • mylestoon

    Jun 4, 2009 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #26

    OHurley, i said aes ago bill gates shud save us, just pray.

  • lesh

    Jun 4, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #27

    We don’t think Mike is that daft – really Ed?

  • nufcindia

    Jun 4, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #28

    Give me the job- There is nothing to lose

    My opinion

    I dont believe Mike Ashley is going to sell the club at this time because he is a business man and he doesnt have to take such a huge loss. I think Shearer demanded much more transfer money because of the position he is in. He has the support of all newcastle supporters and he can demand what he wants. But maybe Ashley doesnt want to spent more money into it. So may be this sale thing is just something ashley is doing to make Shearer lower his demands. But all Mike Ashley needs to understand is that Shearer is not the only manager out there. Only thing Mike has to do is to get a manager who is good at what great Mr Bobby Robson used say carpet football. Get a manager who is good at playing attacking football.Steve Bruce was good but he has gone now. Martinez is there and he is an excellent candidate. I have heard everyone saying that Shearer has done many good things at the club. But i have not seen a single sign of that on the pitch. Yes he should not be judged until he is give a complete season to work with. But if you cant get an agreement in place with him get a manager who like to play passing football

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 5, 2009 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #29


  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 5, 2009 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #30



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