It was more than interesting that Sebastien Bassong has been left out of the Newcastle United team for today’s friendly at Dundee United.
Seb Bassong – misses friendly today – although not injured
The news this morning was that the Newcastle club have already rejected a £10M offer from Tottenham.
And while Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has today denied any knowledge of that bid, it is thought that Seb’s departure from Newcastle may be close, and certainly it is understood that Newcastle officials rejected an eight-figure offer for the Frenchman from some club this morning.
With Alan Shearer announcing today he will return to Match of the Day and the BBC, it’s hard to see how Newcastle can persuade any of their players to stay at the Toon, with such a complete mess currently on Tyneside, and no signs of any new buyer on the horizon.
Who talks to the players to try to persuade them to stay is a good question right now? We have nobody leading the club as it drifts like a ship aimlessly in the wind.
Tamas Kadar, our promising young 19 year-old Hungarian defender, will partner Steven Taylor in central defence in Bassong’s absence at Tannadice, and Kevin Nolan will again play in the hole behind lone striker 20 year-old Andy Carroll.
Damien Duff returns from injury on the left flank, but there is no starting place for fellow midfielder Danny Guthrie, who unfortunately missed the Leeds game because of a groin strain.
Young 16 year-old Slovenian central midfielder Haris Vuckic is on the bench, along with 18 year olds Kazenga LuaLua and Ryan Donaldson.
19 year old promising defender Ben Tozer, who we signed from Swindon Town 18 months ago, is also on the bench.
Harper, R Taylor, S Taylor, Kadar, Enrique, Gutierrez, Barton, Smith, Duff, Nolan, Carroll.
Subs: Krul, Tozer, Geremi, Lua Lua, Donaldson, Vuckic.
Steven Banks, Sean Dillon, Andy Webster, Darren Dods (c), Scott Robertson, Danny Cadamarteri, Danny Swanson, Prince Buaben, Morgaro Gomis, Mihael Kovacevic, David Goodwillie.
Subs: Conor Grant, Craig Conway, Jennison Myrie-Williams, David Robertson, Garry Kenneth, Paul Dixon, Greg Cameron, Ryan McCord, Johnny Russell, Ross Smith.