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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