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.