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Dutchman Trying To Emulate Sebastien Bassong

7:01 pm, Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 43 Comments

Newcastle are giving a one week trial to 17 year-old Dutchman Dani Koks on trial, so he will have a chanced to impress the new head coach Stave McClaren, who will be off with the first team to America this weekend.

We remember seven years ago when 21 year-old Sebastien Bassong came in for a week-long trial from Metz when Kevin Keegan was at the club,  and he was signed on and not only that but he was easily Newcastle’s best player in that relegation season.

Sebastien was our Player of the Season with a massive 67.9% of the vote.

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Dani Koks – on trial this week at Newcastle

Newcastle got him in for nothing and sold him in August of 2009, about one year later for £8M to Tottenham, but he hasn’t done all that well since he left Newcastle.

Hes now at Norwich and spent some time on loan at Watford last season where he made 11 appearances  for them.

Dani is a bit younger than Sebastien was,  but at least he does have a similar chance to Sebastien to impress this week and earn a contract at Newcastle – and who knows he could follow in Bassong’s footsteps.

The 17-year-old midfielder is unhappy that he was not in the Ajax team for the Future Cup, which Ajax organize each year for U17 teams, and is held at the Amsterdam ArenA over the Easter weekend.

Dani has left Ajax and joined Willem II,  but he will try hard to get a contract at Newcastle.

We don’t know too much about this lad – but we hope he can take his big chance this week.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle Academy · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth · Sebastien Bassong · Trial

43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    We don’t need any more in our squad.

  • 2 Tsunki // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Oh – Ashley Out!

  • 3 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Great name Koks. Should attract more female supporters. Now don’t be upset with me BandB. I just joking like.

  • 4 Belfast // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Zip it Skunki

  • 5 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    There are at least a dozen players who should be in the target sights. Very quick, harsh assessments. but then make decisions. McLaren it’s up to you. If you fanny about Charnley will think we don’t need better players. Harrumph.

  • 6 Tsunki // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Cram it bungle.

  • 7 armchair fan // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Sameobi off to Cardiff on loan for the season

  • 8 Tsunki // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    G2 you sound like one of those awful men at the FA who tweeted that thing about the lionesses going back to being mothers, daughters, etc. Awful awful things to say, none of those things are true. I’m just waiting for the men’s team going back to being dad’s and sons whoa then it’ll all hit the fan!

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    To continue from last….

    My list (incorperating LewSpi’s list) would be;


    That allows for 6 new faces. We will probably have to sign 2 or 3 brits for the HG quota,but it would be a decent overhaul if 4 out of the 6 were decent quality and the others decent potential. This is probably dreaming.

  • 10 Tsunki // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Need to get out that armchair a bit quicker and turn the laptop on mate 🙂

  • 11 beermonkey // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    thanks for the Sammy info peeps I am of to the pub

  • 12 Tsunki // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    YCMIU tragedy is you just can’t see them all going can you?

  • 13 Belfast // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    What was the actual problem with that tweet? I was trying to work it out last night still none the wiser.

  • 14 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM


    I think the men should wear tighter shorts and crop-tops to sex it up a bit…… oh dear.

  • 15 optimistic prime // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Follow in Sebastian’s footsteps ed?

    Play one season during which NUFC get relegated then go to spuds for £8m

    I sincerely hope not

  • 16 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Fong Koks as well I say!!! Fong him!!! Harrumph…

  • 17 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    I think someone touched on the main problem (imo), our young players aren’t young anymore.

    And they haven’t been coached or played enough to be good enough. And now they have to be counted. That’s the issue.

    That’s why we have a threadbare squad which is bursting at the seams.

  • 18 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:12 PM


    Probably not. And even if they do go,i cant see is replacing them in a meaningful way

  • 19 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:13 PM


  • 20 croftus5678 // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:13 PM


    tiote (arguably)

    should be heading out the door before the likes of fergie/vukic/abied/bigi as they can do just as good a job but for the fraction of the wages and at a younger age.

    where as those at the top are supposed to be our main players and was bought for that purpose but are clearly not up to the task.

  • 21 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Colo, Willo, and Saylor is brave YCMIU mate. Very brave. Imagine the money poor Mike would have to spend if he allowed that (which he won’t).

  • 22 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    The fact we haven’t signed a 1st team CB since before the championship season probably suggests all three of them should be thrown in the skip tbf

  • 23 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    So let’s just put the croftus list together with the YCMIU/LewSpi lists. Now that’s a list…..Beautiful.

  • 24 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    I know, G2 but he could put many low bids in

  • 25 armchair fan // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:16 PM


    Me and this armchair beat ed and his armchair to the headline 😉

  • 26 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    LewSpi what are you doing on here with us grotty, deviated preverts lass? Harrumph.

  • 27 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Let’s just chuck all wor players’ names in a hat and feed it to a donkey. Then sell everyone and start over. Beautiful.

  • 28 Essex Geordie Bill // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Is it Sammy who’s going out on loan.

    I thought it said in the BBC sports gossip that it was Timmi Ameobi, I don’t know if there is another brother or if that is Sammy’s actual name. It left me confused although that’s easy to do nowadays.

  • 29 LewSpi v2.0 // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    G2 – I am on the blog and follow the comments every day, just rarely post. Rarely have time to be honest, I don’t know how some of you do it.

  • 30 croftus5678 // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    @23 g2

    a squad fit for any season in the prem isnt it ? 😉

  • 31 optimistic prime // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    The problem with the way we treat our young players is cash!

    Ashley won’t pay for expirience or seasoned pros to sit on the bench, so we can’t afford to send our kids out on loan because they are used as squad filler.

  • 32 Jib // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Sami and Shola have a brother Tomi who plays for Edmonton in Canada

  • 33 croftus5678 // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    @31 op

    thats a pretty good way of looking at it as arma/rolando have surely been in that catagory and it may have effected out other not so young players ! to late to tell now though.

    would you class young players as 16-20yo’s ( as in not needing a squad number ) ?

    and squad fillers as 21+ ?

  • 34 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    There is another Ameobi brother but he plays in Edmonton Canada Essex Geordie mate. He’s much too good for the Prem.

  • 35 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Enjoy yourself on here LewSpi mate. But watch out for the old radgies like Tsunki, Belfast, beermonkey, YCMIU, etc. etc.

  • 36 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    in case anyone else was wondering

  • 37 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    You beat me to it Jib. I watched him against Whitecaps in a Candian Championship cup match (there are only 4 teams in it: Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal so it’s a bit of a larf). He’s not bad. Tall, like his brothers and some football sense. Can’t even make the MLS though.

  • 38 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM


    Less of the old. Radgie I can handle

  • 39 armchair fan // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    I used to knock about with tomi when I was a kid until my mother punched shola for calling my nana

  • 40 GeordieTwo // Jul 7, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    BandB will help you make sense of all this nonsense as well LewSpi mate. She keeps me in my proper place (beside the door with a bowl of water). Harrumph.

  • 41 Lynny // Jul 7, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    So that’s 3 players have gone. Taylor, Jonas and now shola Mark 2, who correct me if I’m wrong all had first team stints last term, so from a squad that was already thread bare we’ve reduced it by 3 and not replaced? Are they pulling my plonka or what?

  • 42 Moonraker15 // Jul 7, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Ffs NO! Get some quality in NOW !

  • 43 G peart 83 // Jul 7, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    So now Bournemouth, watford, and norwich are spending more than us

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