Who will play enxt to James Perch on Saturday at Norwich is still unknown, which illustrates the problems Newcastle now have at enter-back given Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini are out inured.
Seb Bassong – while at Newcastle during the relegation season
Steven is likely to be out for the season, and it’s still not known how bad Colo’s injury is, but he could miss all the December fixtures.
It turns out that Pardew cannot recall James Tavernier from his loan at Sheffield Wednesday until the youngster has spent 28 days at Hillsborough.
Since he seems to have signed on loan around November 21st, that’s around December 19th, which is in two weeks time.
But another possibility which is being reported today, is that Newcastle could sign former center-back Sebastian Bassong on loan in January.
Sebastian moved to Spurs in the summer of 2009 for £8m from Newcastle, but he has been unable to hold down a first team spot at the London club and has played only 42 times for them.
That’s even though Spurs have had regular injuries to their top two central defenders Michael Dawson and Ledley King.
Bassong played 30 times in the relegation season, his only time on Tyneside after being signed for peanuts (£500K?)from FC Metz in August, 2008, and was easily our Player of the Season in 2009.
The Cameroon International can also play at left back, so he could be a target for Newcastle in January, but one or two new center-backs just must be brought in during January.
However, the difficulty now is who to play at center-back until Coloccini is fit, and the choices are not very good – not very good at all.