Sebastien Bassong was a great signing for the Newcastle United club, when the Magpies got him from Metz for £500K in the summer of 2008.
Seb Bassong – while on Tyneside
And before Kevin Keegan signed him, he had him on trial at Newcastle for a week, but when Seb got into the team he soon became a regular, and he was the Newcastle United Blog Player of the Season in our relegation season, with a massive 65% of the vote.
He was terrific and don’t forget he was getting peanuts in wages, and he was also gutted when Newcastle were relegated, unlike some other more famous players we could mention, who didn’t seem to give a damn.
This is what Seb had to say today to the Evening Chronicle:
“I know I will be booed again, but hopefully not too much.” “I was booed against Newcastle in the game at White Hart Lane.”“But really, can I expect anything else?”
“When you only play for a club for one year and then you leave I suppose that is part of football.”
“I will never forget what Newcastle United gave me though.” “They gave me my chance to play in the Premier League and, despite the boos, I still won’t forget that.”
“I appreciate what they did.”
Bassong had an interesting two seasons, because before he came to Newcastle, he had been in the Metz side that had been relegated from French Ligue 1 in 2008, and of course he had a successive season of relegation when Newcastle went down.
If Newcastle had not been relegated Sebastien would still be with the club, but of all the players who left Newcastle in the summer of 2009, we understand why Bassong thought he had to leave.
And let’s not forget the club got £8M from Spurs for him, so Newcastle made a profit of £7.5M on the 24 year-old, and he played 30 times for Newcastle, and all in a short 10 months.
Just think that the fee Newcastle got for the Frenchman paid for the players Newcastle brought in during January of last year, that helped drive our promotion push, and also paid the the fee for a certain Cheick Tiote last August.
So that’s Simpson, Routledge, Williamson, Best and Tiote for the fee Newcastle got for Bassong.
And the lad is going to get booed on Saturday – he should be applauded if anything. 😀
Yes, Bassong probably will be booed, if he plays, at least by some fans.
The now 14 times capped Cameroon International continued:
“Newcastle are a tough team, they have some hard players to play against like Andy Carroll, who I know well.”
“They are going to stay up for sure.”“They have proved in a lot of good games that they have the right amount of skill and ability.” “It will be hard for us.”
“Newcastle also have a new manager in Alan Pardew and they are looking well organized.”
One thing we like about Seb is that since he left, he’s waxed lyrical about Newcastle and how the club give him his big chance, so he has been a good ambassador for the club, to be sure.
That’s unlike a certain Damien Duff, as just one example, who said some terrible things about his nightmare at Newcastle, and of course the Irishman cannot get into the Fulham first team these days.
There are a lot more players who left Newcastle in the summer of 209, that Newcastle fans can feel really disappointed at, but Seb was not one of them.
And we got through this article without even mentioning the Newcastle captain, Michael Owen, who left Newcastle via Helicopter just two days after the club was relegated, without saying one word to anybody.
Now he’s warming the bench at Manchester United, but only until the summer.
The bottom line is that Sebastien Bassong was just great when he was at Newcastle, and it’s hardly his fault Newcastle were relegated.