The Newcastle Evening Chronicle have revealed today that Sebastien Bassong has been fined two weeks wages by Newcastle United for refusing to travel to Dundee at the weekend.
Sebastien Bassong – fined 2 weeks wages
Newcastle have imposed the maximum fine on their 23 year-old player because they were unhappy with his attitude.
The club has refused to make any official comment on the matter, but a source told the Evening Chronicle today:
“As far as the club is concerned he is under contract with Newcastle United.”
“And if he fails to turn up for a game then the necessary action must be taken.”
The Frenchman wants to leave the Tyneside club, but this is no way to act, and it seem the lad is getting a little too big for his football boots.
Apparently his agent Chris Hentoray has been in England the last couple of days, as they try to plot a way out of the Tyneside prison.
As far as we are concerned on this blog, any player who wants to leave Newcastle right now, should be allowed to leave, but at the right price only.
That right price for Sebastien should be closer to £15M than £10M, and if no club comes in for the youngster with that money, so be it – he stays.
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have been after Bassong, but with Man City hoping to sign Everton defender Joleon Lescott, Spurs would appear to be favorites right now, if they can come up with the requisite funds that is.
And Bassong could even be a replacement for Everton’s Lescott, should he leave the club. David Moyes is said to be an admirer of the youngster.
Caretaker boss Chris Hughton had said that Bassong would not have played on Sunday in any case at Dundee United, because he is suspended for the first game of the season, after his red card against Fulham.
Bassong is under contract for another two seasons, and maybe Newcastle could just elect to keep the player, although that is unlikely to happen.
But look for Newcastle to dig in their heels to get the very best deal they can from one of their best young stars.
But we’re not interested in keeping players who want to leave the Newcastle ship, when its in so much peril.
We’d be much happier to see the lads left be those who want to stay on Tyneside, as we’ve had enough of players who are just here for the money.
It’s time for blood and guts football at Newcastle again next season, and that honesty has been missing, ever since the great Bobby Robson left as manager of the club in 2004.