Why Newcastle Don’t Need Bassong Or Huddlestone


We saw that Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has signed former Newcastle center-back Sebastien Bassong from Spurs, and that another Tottenham player, central midfielder Tom Huddlesdtone is available for a season long loan deal.

Seb Bassong while at Newcastle for one season

Since Bassong left Newcastle when the club was down and out in the summer of 2009 for £8M, he has not progressed too much at Spurs, and the Cameroon International was unable to nail down a first team spot at the London club, and in three seasons down south he only made 44 first team appearance for Tottenham.

And we also understand that Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias were not too happy the way he forced his way out of Newcastle three years ago, when the team was down and almost out, after being signed one year earlier from FC Metz for around £500K.

So it wasn’t much of a surprise when Newcastle were not interested in bringing the player back to Tyneside, and Seb played on loan at Wolves earlier this year, but was unable to save them from being relegated.

But of course Bassong was excellent in the 30 games he played for Newcastle in our relegation season, and he was our Player of the Season three years ago, but he’s probably not good enough to make the Newcastle first team these days.

Newcastle are hoping that youngsters like 19 year-old Curtis Good and local lad 17 year-old Remie Streete,  can come through this season in the center-back position,  and force their way into the first team squad and join Fab Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor and of course James Perch, who played solidly for Newcastle ate center-back last Saturday.

25 year-old Tom Huddlestone is a good player, and a loan deal at Newcastle could have been interesting,  but with Anita now signed from Ajax, and players like Dan Gosling, Mehdi Abeid, Haris Vuckic and recently signed Gael Bigirimana,  all young central midfielders coming through the ranks on Tyneside, we don’t need him either.

Life moves on and so do Newcastle United, and the Magpies are probably okay at the moment in central midfield, as long as we keep our two starters Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote this summer.

So it’s not really surprising that Newcastle were not interested in either player.

What do you think – comments welcome.

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396 comments so far

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve always really liked Huddlestone- would like him on a cheap loan if he can stay injury free- supremely talented I think.

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Bassong a guy who looked good for us and shite since

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  • pardews plan B

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #3

    @gonufc its a shame bout his injury record

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  • dmac

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #4

    I mentioned a while back when this huddlestone rumour first appeared. His agent is called Gary Porter (ex mackem) and he goes to the gym with me. I asked and he told me no truth in a deal and there has been no interest.

    Please im not trying to claim to be an itk, before the torrent of abuse occurs i just happen to know the guy lol.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Huddlestone’s got a peach of a shot like

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #6

    cant remember which spurs manager it was thought huddlestone would make a really good centre half, i agree with that, very composed, right height etc

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  • belgrade fan

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Good is not going to be our 3rd CB, he is a 19 came from shit Australian league, does anyone think he can just play in the strongest league?? no. at least 2 more seasons. Perch can not play against strong, tall strikers, thatswhy we had Norwich and Chelsea last season..
    WE NEED CB or we will be in a huge problem again

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  • DraperNUFC10

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Follow me on twitter Daniel_Draper95, I’ll follow back!! Plenty of NUFC tweets aswell 😉 HWTL

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  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #9

    News on twitter is that both us and Fulham have agreed a deal for Douglas. Probably bullsh*t, but good news if true!

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  • DraperNUFC10

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Follow me on twitter @Daniel_Draper95, I’ll follow back!! Plenty of NUFC tweets aswell 😉 HWTL

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  • nufc7lad

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Would rather have Huddlestone in our squad than Dan Gosling any day of the week. Could always loan out Gosling to say Norwich to make way for Huddlestone. He’s been playing premier league football for the past 6 years. He’s 26 this year, so he’s in the peak of his career. He has got a beast of a shot on him. Plus Why dont we move for Michael Dawson? Same age as Willo and is miles better. 7 years of premier league exp, reckon we could get 2 top years out of him, so we could give him a 3 year deal. Always worth paying extra for proven premier league experience

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  • st0r3z

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Any truth on the twente agreeing fee with us n fulham?? Up to douglas to pick between the 2?

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #13

    americangeordie from last thread

    spot on there mate altough i think wel sign him for between 12-15 million on about 40 grand a week with chance to improve his wages if he meets scoring targets

    id have him back definately

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #14

    @Draper – stop begging for crappy twitter friends….

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #15

    i think in remi street, adam campbell and the other older lads on the edges of the first team we have a very bright future ahead

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #16

    belgrade@ 7

    So you reckon Carr, Pards, MA and Llambias have all made a massive mistake in bringing Good over here and geiving hime SIX year contract ?

    I know who’s judgement I’d prefer

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Twente Chairman Joop Munsterman has confirmed the Magpies and the Cottagers are in the running and it could come down to where the player wants to go if both are willing to meet the £4.5million asking price.

    “The clubs [Newcastle and Fulham] have expressed an interest to want to do business,” he revealed. “We have not heard anything concrete yet, but if a proper offer is made, we will sell him because he will leave next year on a free transfer.”

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #18

    according to a couple of my journo mates newcastle already told carroll’s agent what they’d be willing to pay in wages and carroll has already said itd be acceptable…. dunno how much truth there is in it tho
    Was actually out on a night out with Andy Carroll (and about 50 others) a year ago in newcastle after sunderland played liverpool, one of his mates was hooking up with one of mine, AC was absolutely wrecked by the end of the night like, didnt get to speak to him really but he didnt seem like a baby bently, wasnt flashing the cash or arrogant or anything, just seemed like he wanted to be a normal person, he is however a massive chavvy! lol

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  • belgrade fan

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #19

    No, f…ng y dont understand me…. He is a FUTURE, but for NOW we need new CB… I said- he cant play on high level at least 2 more seasons bcos he is young and unexperienced…

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #20

    If Douglas goes to Fulham it’ll be because of the Jol connection and the respect he is held in, or because he wants the big city.
    If we really want him then we’ll offer him slightly better personal terms. If he wants the Toon he will sign for us.
    Otherwise we’ll bring on a youngster or two….not ideal for the short term but the jury is out on how good he is.
    on here with some very mixed opinions posted.

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  • Tommyy

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #21

    If Douglas comes in we can kiss goodbye to Debuchy (seems to be pretty much dead in the water anyway) . Can’t see us signing Carroll either, I think we’re ok until Jan at least if we get Douglas. Our squad is nicely balanced now and our first 11 really is excellent ( weak links being Simpson and Santon ) Santon is always improving though and great going forward.
    I’m quietly optimistic really.

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  • Tonytoon73

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #22

    MFH That’s you told. Ha ha

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m sure that Bassong upset a few of our players with the way he left the club and his behaviour so its no surprise that he wasn’t on our radar

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #24

    A Striker would be nice!

    With Best and Lovenkrands have both gone, what is going to happen when the Afican Cup of Nations is on in January 2013?

    Cisse and BA will both be there again and we don,t have much if any cover for them for that Period?

    Or am i worried about nowt?

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #25

    belgrade

    If he is that good (no pun) then he’ll get regular games throughout the next two years, especially if he turns in a solid game. . It’s not like he’s Campbells age. Agree he might not reach his full potential for a couple of seasons though, but I suspect they have spotted a more mature talent than you say.

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #26

    magpies flyhigh

    if he wants be part of a bigger better squad at a bigger club with european football hel come here,

    if he wants to be a big fish in a small pond playing every week hel go to fulham, (small pond obviously meaning the club not the city)

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #27

    MFH

    Douglas may also want first team football also, which he could struggle to get with is if both Saylor and Colo are both fit and on form

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #28

    @jayphoto,hahaha,journo mates love it

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  • Gateshead-Mag

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #29

    newexpatmag

    they might not be at the afcon, theyv gotta beat the favourites ivory coast to qualify, i think wed be alright anyway, shola, sammy, vukic, benny and campbell can all play there

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #30

    *with us*

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  • rainrix

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #31

    ExPat…. Senegal have to beat the ivory coast to get through to the acon. So we lose either cheick or the dembas. Still reckon we need another striker anyway.

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  • belgrade fan

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Yes, he ll get a chance throw FA cup, carling and maybe Europe, but I want to say we need to have excellent CB if Colo and ST are injured, Willo is f…ng shit, that man is the worst player in our team, cost us 2 much..
    and I cant believe we sold 2 strikers without replacement..

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #33

    @darrenfletcher88 just gotta clarify my friend, not claiming to be ITK – just im a photographer, I’ve worked at a few premier league clubs (not newcastle unfortunately) and as a photographer the people you meet the most are journalists!

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #34
  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #35

    JB

    Douglas would get pretty regular appearances.
    CBs are in a high maintenance position and tend to get injured. If we get good runs in Europe and Cups we’ll need 3 top starters at CB

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Journos no f@ck all.sooner the people relise that the better!!

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #37

    Belgrade

    We don’t disagree about the need for another CB (see comments about Douglas) . but I think Good will prove to be a better signing than you do- that’s all.

    Strikers is another ball game altogether 🙂

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #38

    ppl saying douglas wouldnt get in over staylor really must not have watched him play, him n colo would b a great partnership

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #39

    JB i like it i need to get all 3 1 down 2 to go

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  • JackButler

    Aug 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #40

    MFH

    I agree mate, but he’s not going to be guaranteed to starting position, I’d love to see us sign him but there many, many reasons he could choose Fulham over us

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