Seb Bassong was always a very ambitious footballer, and it was almost certain that he would leave Newcastle when they were relegated – and he did.
Sebastien Bassong - while at Newcastle
Bassong was our Player of the Season at Newcastle in the relegation season of two years ago, with a massive 65% of the vote.
And he was eventually sold to Tottenham for £8M in the summer of 2009, a good deal for Newcastle, who only 10 months before had signed the player for £500K from French club Metz.
Bassong was one of those great bargain deals Newcastle have been able to pull off a few times in the last several years under owner Mike Ashley.
The Paris-born player turns 25 in July, and so far has 13 caps for Cameroon and a couple of France U21 caps, , and today has admitted that joining Tottenham two years ago was a big mistake:
‘I haven’t made some huge mistake on the pitch or anything.”
“It’s just happened. I feel that I have gone backwards, like I have gone from heaven to hell.”
“I have to try to find a way out because I have to try to play.’
If Tottenham is hell for the strong 6’2″ center-back, then we have to assume Newcastle must have been heaven for him.
Anyway, that’s my interpretation of what he’s saying – and I’m sticking to it.
It looks like Seb may join another former Newcastle player, Charles N’Zogbia, in perhaps wanting to return to Tyneside, but we think there’s little chance of Bassong ever returning to Newcastle.
If Newcastle could get him in a cut-price deal, they could potentially be interested, since Seb is also a very decent left back – but Harry Redknapp would never do that – Harry will want at least his £8M back when Seb leaves the London club.
For the record, Sebastien Bassong played 30 times for the Magpies, and was the star player in the relegation season of two years ago, and always gave the team 100%.
He’s a good lad.