Seb Bassong was at Newcastle for just 10 months, but that didn’t stop him being our Player of the Season during our relegation season 2008-2009, with a massive 65% of the vote.
Seb Bassong – while at Newcastle a couple of years ago
Seb talked today about this afternoon’s game in which it looks like he’ll get a star for Tottenham:
“We are at home in this game and I know the Newcastle will bring a lot of fans with them as always.” “There will be more Spurs fans there of course but you will hear the Newcastle fans a lot too.”
“When I was at Newcastle, the supporters were just unbelievable to me.” “They were such a great support for any young player.”
“They loved me and I loved them back.” “I hope that when I go back to Newcastle they won’t boo me too much.”
“It will be a special game for me.” “This is the first time I will be playing against Newcastle since I left the club.”
“Therefore a big game such as this, against my old team makes for a big game indeed.” “Newcastle was my first year in England and it was an enjoyable time for me.”
“The reason I am playing in the Premier League and Champions League is because of Newcastle United.” “I owe it all to them.”
Bassong was not in the Spurs side that did so well on Boxing Day in beating Aston Villa away with just 10 men, after Jermaine Defoe was sent off in the first half.
But it makes sense for Redknapp to bring the Cameroon International in to play against his former club, which it seems he still has a great affection for.
It will be an interesting battle between Seb and big Andy Carroll of course, but Bassong is a good player, and he was one we lost when the club was relegated.
“We are in good form.” “But Newcastle is a tough team, they are playing well enough and I have watched many games on TV.”
“That means it will be a tough game.” “We must be ready for a tough challenge.”
Bsssong will get the chance of marking Andy Carroll, which he probably did many times in training when he was at Newcastle for 10 months, after he arrived in the summer of 2008 from Metz, for a paltry £500K.
Bssong is one of the best buys Newcastle have made in the last several years, and of course we sold him to Tottenham for around £8M in the summer of last year.
Seb talked about big Andy Carroll, who has been setting the Premier League on fire this season:
“Andy is doing well.” “He is in great, great form and he has had a rapid promotion through the ranks for his club and his country.”
“I am really happy at what he is doing to be honest.” “He has worked hard for years and years and we must now be at our best to deal with him.”
Bassong is a strong and physical player, but he;ll have to be at his very best this afternoon if he is to corral big Andy, who was terrific for Newcastle on Boxing day in the losing cause against Man City.