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Bassong Pleased With Progress So Far On Tyneside

Newcastle United center-back Sebastien Bassong admits to being delighted at the pace of progress he has made in the Newcastle backline this season.


Sebastien Bassong – excellent progress made this season

The 22 year-old French defender has matured into a commanding young figure at the heart of the Newcastle defense this season, and has put in some solid performances for the team so far this season.

His pace, heading ability, strength and general good reading of the game stand him in good stead.

And Bassong has told nufcTV that he wants to keep improving through the end of the season:

“Yes, I feel I have improved as a player and I’m enjoying it very much,”  “It has helped playing games in my favorite position of center-back.”

“I hope to continue in the side and continue with my development for the rest of the season.” “Maybe I have been lucky but we have kept clean sheets when I have played,”

“But that is down to the defense as a whole and we have to keep on working together to improve.”

Sebastien didn’t have one of his better games last Saturday, as he lost the ball to Scott Parker for the first goal, and should have had a penalty awarded against him when he brought down Craig Bellamy in the penalty box, early in the second half.

But he’s been the star man at the back this season for the Magpies, along with the more experienced Coloccini.

But Coloccini’s weaknesses – lack of pace and heading ability – are Seb’s strengths – so that’s one reason they make a good central pairing, since they tend to complement each other.

We also hope and expect Fabricio Coloccini to be a better player as he gets more used to the Premier League.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    First…..stupid game that the kids are playing on here

  • Marty-Toon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    Great player and a great buy,club is buying cheap and young but if this is a sign of the quality we can get in it`s all looking up.

  • Darling27

    Jan 13, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Player of the season for me so far.

  • beyethegreat

    Jan 13, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    the next thuram

  • Californication

    Jan 13, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Darling27- I think it is hard to look past Shay as far as player of the season goes, but Bassong would be behind him without question.

  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Great Buy
    But I think it is more club spin to distract the fans away from transfers…or lack of as the case may be.

  • pdidy

    Jan 13, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Next season we’ll be hearing its allways been my dream to play for Arsenal!

  • DanToon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    lol pdiddy your prob spot on mate!!

  • Mark-o

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9

    The kid is a superstar but will be sold in 18 months, is Ashley is still in charge. Owt for a quick profit.

  • Toon_Sydney

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Brilliant Player, how long is he signed till? i hope we offer him a 5 year contract

  • Monster

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    You can just see the pound signs flickering past Ashley’s eyes!!

  • Sav

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Were there not a couple of full-backs and a decent central midfielder in the same orphanage we got Seb from?

  • Stardust

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Would love us to keep signing more players like this, young, talented and great mindset. He even came to prove himself on trial for us, saying it was unusual for him but he wanted to play for us.

    Out with the old – wage followers – in with the Guthries, Bassongs and Jonas’s of this world.

  • RyanToon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14

    bassong is class, how long did he sign for, 3years

  • pdidy

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #15

    I think he only got a two year deal.

  • Pons Aelius

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Arsenal will be watching…

  • toptoon

    Jan 13, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #17

    he has been the only positive this season.

  • Stardust

    Jan 13, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #18

    I think another positive Toptoon is we seem to be far more organised as a team, a wee bot more creativity and we will be looking good (as long as beye is back and taylor out lol)


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