Shearer’s First Task – Keep Sebastien Bassong On Tyneside

News today that both West Ham and Arsenal are interested in our center-backs Steven Taylor and Sebastien Bassong.

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Seb Bassong – wonderful young player

But once Alan Shearer becomes manage at his home-town club, which should be within the next several days, we don’t think Steven Taylor will want to go anywhere, and Steven will hunker down to get the club back where it belongs, in the Premier League as soon as possible.

Habib Beye has also made that pledge so we don’t expect the Senegal International to go anywhere, and he could be the new captain next season too.

However., the one player Alan may find it more difficult to keep on Tyneside is Sebastien Bassong, who was easily Newcastle’s best player last season, hist first on Tyneside, and the lad is very ambitious to play at the highest levels.

Since Alan is said to have talked to Taylor and Bassong these last couple of says we hope he’s also kept the 22 year-old Frenchman appraised of the situation, since there’s still a slight chance that he can persuade Bassong to stay on Tyneside.

West Ham have former Newcastle number two Steve Clarke on their coaching staff, and are primarily interested in Steven, while Arsenal are said to be keen on Frenchman Bassong.

However, Arsenal did sign Belgian International Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax for 12M, and depending on which reports you read that’s either euros or pounds sterling. If it’s euros then that’s around £16.7M, and that’s a good price.

The Journal is reporting today that Bassong has been flattered by interest from compatriot Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, and that decoded means – please come and get me.

Bassong is grateful to the Newcastle club for giving him his big chance, and there’s no doubt the lad looked a winner last season, and will only get better.

He was expected to get his first cap last Saturday for Cameroon against Gabon, but the game was postponed, due to the death of Gabon President President Omar Bongo, who ruled for 42 years.

The game has been rescheduled for 5th September, and another game between the two teams will still take place just 4 days later. Gabon are currently top of their group with 6 points from 2 games, with Cameroon bottom with just a single point from their two games.

Whether Seb will stay on Tyneside, is a big question and not very likely, but if Alan wants to get some good news into the club quickly, it has to be that he’s persuaded Seb to stay on Tyneside, maybe just for next season, in the hope we can bounce straight back up to the Premier League.

That would be good news indeed, and something that has been in short supply on Tyneside this year – so far.    But that may be a pipe dream, and the youngster may have already made his mind up to leave the club in the summer.

If Bassong does go, we should at least ensure we get a very good price for him, otherwise we shouldn’t sell.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Pons Aelius

    Jun 25, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    To be honest Ed I don’t think there’s a chance he will be staying. He’s our most attractive asset and will likely be the main money maker for any transfer funds we’re going to have.

    We should make nothing less than £9,000,000 plus bonuses from his sale.

  • Ericles

    Jun 25, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Sadly I think Pons Aelius is right. Anyway the fact that Seb’s now been capped puts his transfer fee up. Really hope he can be persuaded to stay. Also the Sun says the mackems want Lovenkrands from Newcastle on a free transfer. Really? I thought Lovenkrands was a free agent and left NUFC?

  • Toon Graeme

    Jun 25, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Money wise – seb is on naff all compared to the other rest of the underperforming premiership super stars (sorry sarcasm).

    So wage hit wise its not gonna matter in the big scope of things – however – money in could be what £6-£8 million possibly.

    Once a player wants off – their mind wont be on staying – trust me Im in that position with where I work now so can see from that perspective.

    Seb – Arsenal – champions league – top 6 finish
    Seb – NUFC – no manager (yet) – championship – finish ????

    You cant blame him for going – it will be for money as I cant see if he will even get regular 1st team – poss cup matches maybe?

    Tayls wont leave – trust me.

  • Flan

    Jun 25, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Hmm 12mill euros = 16mil pounds? i think you’ll find its worth more like 10mil pounds.

  • shrews mag

    Jun 25, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5

    If things had resolved themselves quickly after relegation with AS installed as manager and a new owner providing funds and stability, then Bassong may have stayed on.

    However who can blame him from leaving the current mess we find ourselves in. It’s a no brainer for this tallented defender …

    However Taylor is loyal to his home town club and will stay (or I hope he will anyway). There are few players left with such loyalty … and this should be applauded.

  • toonsy

    Jun 25, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Omar Bongo……. Reminds of an advert! Um Bongo Um Bongo they………

    Taylor wont go anywhere. Bassong, fair play, was great last year. Will he keep his performance up next year? Who knows. Thats if he stops. If he goes we should get a decent wedge for him and TBH im getting kind of sick of his “im flattered” by everything. He has evidentally only had ONE good season. N’Zogbia the 2nd in the making, must be something about the frogs.

  • Spitfire

    Jun 25, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Its a shame but we need to cash him in to save the club. We have cover in his position so it will not be the end of the world when he goes.

  • Tom

    Jun 25, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    I would love to keep Bassong on the books (more so than Taylor) but unless he really wants to play under Shearer and help try to boost us back into the Premier League, I can’t see it happening!

  • tarikshouldplayfornewcastle

    Jun 25, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Guys please have a look at this player.Hes currently out of contract and i really think we should sign him.

    hes a world class player, rated as the next ronaldinho.

  • tarikshouldplayfornewcastle

    Jun 25, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    watch this player guys.
    link:Ronaldinho Vs Tarek Al-Taib

  • tarikshouldplayfornewcastle

    Jun 25, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    lol watch him play against man utd he was world class.
    lmao look to what he did to ronaldo.

  • repo

    Jun 25, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Question how are you all sure Shearer going to be the manager.?

  • Chris G

    Jun 25, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13

    ‘Its a shame but we need to cash him in to save the club….’

    Not necessarily – we don’t know yet who the new owners will be and how rich they are. If they can’t afford to buy the club AND offer one of our best players an improved contract straight away I’d be seriously worried

    I wouldn’t blame him for leaving either, but if he does go I just hope it won’t be because of the money

  • nufc-rip

    Jun 25, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #14


    support citeh instead it will be much better and exciting to watch.


  • Spitfire

    Jun 25, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #15

    nufc -rip

    Jeez do all Citeh supporters have your level of intellect ?

  • nufc-rip

    Jun 25, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    yup just the same amount as ya mam

  • Spitfire

    Jun 25, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17


  • Chris G

    Jun 25, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

    ‘Jeez do all Citeh supporters have your level of intellect ?’

    I have it on good authority that some Citeh supporters are actually quite intelligent

    nufc-rip, alas, is not one of them

  • Nick 69

    Jun 25, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    nufc rip- yeah it looks like its much better and exciting, thats why u spend all ur time on a NUFC blog u numpty!!

  • Chris G

    Jun 25, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #20

    Anyway, this is where the blog starts to go rapidly downhill (ie when nufc-rip comes on here)

    I refuse to allow myself to be dragged down to his level, so I’m logging out now

  • Nick 69

    Jun 25, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #21

    Spitfire // Jun 25, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Its a shame but we need to cash him in to save the club. We have cover in his position so it will not be the end of the world when he goes.


    we DO NOT really have cover in his position at all, coloccini will be gone so that leaves us with s.taylor our ONLY senior CB remaining, with the likes of kadat, tozer in the youth.

  • Rodzilla

    Jun 25, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #22

    I’d put money on nufc-rip not being from Manchester.

    …as for Bassong. Fair enough, he was one of the few that played at very his best, every game for us last season. I personally wish him well for the future. It’s just a shame he couldn’t stick around for a season with us in the CCC, because he’d deserve a share of the glory when we get back where we belong next May.

    Got to admit though, there is something about French players at NUFC – they never seem to settle too well. I just hope Habib is an exception to the rule and is with us for the rest of his career.

    If Bassong stays I’ll deep fry both my hands and eat them with a garlic and herb dip. Good Luck Seb, wherever you end up – meant in all sincerity.

  • nufc-rip

    Jun 25, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #23

    10 reasons why city are better than newcastle.

    1.we are in the premiership
    2. we have a good owner who keeps his sticky beak out
    3. our fans arent deluded and think we are big(we know it)
    4. we have unlimited spending power, you cannt pay for players with brass knobs lads.
    5. we have decent players you have old has beens
    6. we have an experienced manager you have a messiah who got you relegated.
    7. We have pre season friendlies and signings.
    8.when people say citys name they tremble with fear when newcastle is said they laugh hysterically
    9. we dont have a gay orange kit you know when you have been tangoed lads
    10. we arent going to get relegated again you probably will!

    i rest my case any questions chaps or angrymans mam?

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 25, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #24

    We don’t need anyone at the club that doesn’t wanna be here!..
    …I’m sure i’ve said that before, but, ho hum!..

    …If Seb’s gonna whine, then au revoir…If he’s gonna get on with the job of gettin’ us back up, then, whey hey!..

  • nufc-rip

    Jun 25, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #25

    i am from manchester matey born and imbred

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 25, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #26

    I seem toremember citeh goin’ down a couple of tiers recently…Ah well, short memories n’ all that!..
    …Most proper citeh fans i know have a bit of empathy, but, there ya’ go…Some people have no class!..
    …Takes all sorts, i guess?..

  • chuck

    Jun 25, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Hmmm, the heart of a future defensive midfield, I can see why W. Ham would be interested.
    Did`nt Bassong just get a new contract, if not how long is his present contract for?
    Hopefully Beye will stay and too bad we did`nt hang on to N`Zogbia, those four could have been the base on which to rebuild the club, as far as I am concerned the rest could go, as their performance during the latter part of the season was woefull.

  • punk skunk...

    Jun 25, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Shearer’s 1st task (or whomever?) is win 40 odd games & get us back up!..

  • Sav

    Jun 25, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #29

    3 Things:
    First, we won’t know whether the new owners are flush enough to fund a decent transfer budget, but that is likely to be a condition of Shearer’s appointment. In which case, assuming we have a goo dgo at promotion this year ( it has to be the aim of any new owner) they will have to fork out big money for a Prem quality defender – so why not keep the couple we have and ensure promotion?
    Second, I though Seb’s Cameroon debut was cancelled?
    Third, pity more footballers and agents can’t be more like Smith’s lawyer – who says they’d like to discuss his future and possible transfers but they can’t because at the moment Newcastle have no manager. Why can’t Seb take a leaf from this and keep his gob shut until he has permission to open it. I don’t care if he is ‘only’ on £5000 per week. Its still a contract and he was glad to get it last August.

  • willgwent2k5

    Jun 25, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #30

    you’ve got that right rip-nufc……….. born and inbred!


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