No Norwich City return for Seb Bassong ahead of Bournemouth’s Championship visit

Norwich City's Sebastien Bassong will not be involved against Bournemouth in the Championship. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire. Norwich City's Sebastien Bassong will not be involved against Bournemouth in the Championship. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Friday, August 29, 2014
7:00 AM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams will not bring Sebastien Bassong back in from the cold for Bournemouth’s Championship visit.

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Adams blooded debutants Carlos Cuellar and Kyle McFadden in the midweek Capital One Cup win over Crawley with Ryan Bennett ruled out for up to two months following ankle ligament surgery.

The Canaries’ boss knows he must prioritise defensive reinforcements ahead of Monday’s transfer window deadline and City were linked with a £1.5m for Arsenal’s Spanish centre back Ignasi Miquel on Thursday, whilst reports in Italy claimed they had also expressed an interest in Lazio’s Michael Ciani.

But Adams insisted Norwich’s lack of central defensive cover will not trigger a return to the first team fold for Bassong against the Cherries.

The Cameroon international is being touted with a possible move to Crystal Palace following the return of Eagles’ boss Neil Warnock to Selhurst Park.

“It doesn’t alter his situation at all,” said Adams. “Everybody knows he hasn’t been used so far and he won’t be on Saturday either but he is a Norwich City player. It is up to him. Would I ever say no, he is not going to play for us? Absolutely not, but there are other players above him at the minute. We need to strengthen the defence and there is nothing to report at this stage but we have four days left in the window and I certainly hope we can do something. I want to go into the next week and beyond September 2 with a stronger defence than we have at the minute. It will have to be right for us but we are working hard on that.”

Adams did opt to bring Luciano Becchio back into the squad for the Capital One Cup tie against the Reds despite the Argentine striker also looking to be out-of-favour.

“He earned his place on the bench the other night,” said Adams. “He has worked very hard and he really put it in a shift in the Under-21 game recently (at Chelsea) and scored a goal. That is what you want to hear from senior players in particular when they have to drop down to the Under-21 group, that they do it in the right way.”

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38 comments

  • Canaryinslovenia; that "shame he was ever born" is a tad OTT!! Reference the Stocks. There is a fully functional set of stocks in Briston, still in regular use. It is sited by the Witch-Ducking stool, adjacent to the Village Pond. At this time of year, you will also see, in construction, this Season`s "Wicker Man", a product of the local WI`s "Raffia Mafia". This creation used in the Finalé of the Annual Parish Councillor Ejection Ceremony.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • It is months now since the appointment of Neil Adams and still Bassong refuses to get into the programme and support his team mates in the fight to regain promotion. And still he gets paid. To do nothing. The man is an embarrassment to his profession. Get rid of him now so that the cancer of his negativity does not infect any other squad member.

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Surely ,someone somewhere will take Bassong. Programme sellers cut in a economy drive, yet this very expensive waste of money stays. Put him on programme duty ???

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    stormy

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • In the good old days Bassong and Hughton would be put in the stocks on Moushold Heath where we could show our appreciation for their contribution to our relegation

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Sorry Bassong is over rated! a walking mistake waiting to happen a disgrace to football and a shame he was ever born

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Completely over-rated!

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Bassong's not over-rated. He got up to being an £8m signing for Tottenham because he is basically talented. He's also poor on self-discipline and needs a manager that will be utterly unforgiving with him to get the best out of him. Only discovered recently that he got fined at Newcastle (under CH) for not bothering to turn up to a friendly because he felt it was beneath him, which CH duly fudged. Perhaps Bassong will indeed be going, but equally I wonder what he's thinking to see a manager that he allegedly showed very little respect for getting good results with players that he's still friends with. Wouldn't be surprised at all if he swallows his pride and comes back into the fold.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I look forward of the video of Gaga buttock to buttock with Tony Bennett. Cheeky!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • He's costing the club thousands a week and obviously sulking like a spoilt brat,get rid if only for a quid!

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    tonyb

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • MB, apologies for late arrival - the work thing interrupts. Lady Gaga gags, I take it this is part of her new costume or perhaps some sort of facial team kit for those out of favour. Whatever, there is a bad romance between NCFC and Bassong at present. Colin, do what you want. We're only a telephone away. May I add, the real talent of Miss Gaga will come to the fore next month when the album duetting with Tony Bennett 'Cheek To Cheek' is released.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Select a team, four or five in midfield, makes no difference, and decide whether or not to join the 6% of fans voting for him to start tomorrow. They know who they are, I don't, but neurological examination may be required

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Bassong - over-rated, slow , poor situational awareness, not a team player with an appalling attitude problem. PLUS he is costing the Club every week in wages. An obvious passenger who needs to be got rid of as soon as possible.

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Back to riding the Gang-mowers then ? In the old days Clubs used to have a " Transfer List " ( which was a notional thing rather than a scroll of lining paper tacked up in the boardroom ) but which DID let other clubs , and the media , know who was in the market place . Perhaps a mutual announcement that he is now " On the list " might resolve things quicker ? Best shot of all the passengers ASAP is my view , even if they go on a " free "

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Thanks, NorthCarolinaCanary. I knew about RvW`s brief debut but not about the second game. Poor RvW seems to be in a `Groundhog` situation (shades of `Robert`, there...). Machianalli will do his best to retrieve something from this nonsense. Ricky might like to go back to sunny Portugal. Are you really over 80, Uncle Stew? I didn`t have you a day over 79. Yet, you still have the zest required to seek out Ma Snipps` dumplings. My Hero. No doubt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • When a player starts every week it is up to him to show what he can do. Both Bassong and RVW had more than enough chances last year and didn't do enough. Forget what system they played, they were both very poor and it would seem Bassong is now in some kind of sulk. It would be good to know what really happens behind the scenes but something is obviously very wrong here and he is no doubt taking a hefty wage for doing nothing.

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    Johny

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • …..When you pass the 80 mark Brew....You are either going too fast, or the tool isn't up to doing the job properly!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Brew - I watched St. Etienne play Lens last week and Ricky got in for the last 40 minutes of that game. It was like watching a mirror image of us playing last season. St. Etienne lacked offensive cohesion and created very few chances. RVW had maybe five or six touches and he looked a little rushed and sloppy when he did try to take aim at goal or make a play. I remember one flubbed turn to volley in the box very well. He had endeavor and ran the channels but there was no real service in the box for him to latch onto. The game ended scoreless. It was RVW's second appearance of the season, with his first being a late three minute cameo.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Bassong with Warnock now there's a match made in heaven !!!!

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    Egyptian canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Make sense for him to move to Warnock. You don't get one boob without another... Unless it's Total Recall then you get three.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • The only injury Bassong will sustain is if he has to bend down to pick his wallet off the floor ..........

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Of course he isn't going to play this weekend. Neil Warnock is strongly rumoured to want him at Crystal Palace before the transfer window closes. Something has gone wrong with Seb behind the scenes and he clearly isn't part of Neil Adam's longer term vision, so the manager won't want any sort of injury scuppering the deal.

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    Lucioperca

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • MB wish I had looked at this board first then I would not have had to look up how to spell psychologist. One of CH's favourites along with Elmander .

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    Egyptian canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • No reason to pay off Bassong unless he agrees to a mutual termination. For instance if NCFC are sure we can't sell him and he has two years left on his deal, and he agrees to write off a year, it might be worth paying him off one year to get him out the door. But Bassong strikes me as totally money driven and he'll just sit and take his wages, as is his right, even if it's not morally right if it's his actions that have led to him being an outcast.

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    Colin

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Machianalli won`t want to `get rid` at any price. He`ll try to salvage something. Unless Neil is playing a very clever psychological game here, the sooner this danse macabre comes to an end, the better.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Bassong is a bad penny in a setup that is moving in a different and hopefully much better direction. If what he's said to Neil is true he'll never play for us again. His heart isn't in it, get rid.

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    Steady On

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Let's hope we see Bassong turn up outside of Selhurst or Loftus in his Range Rover with 2 hours to go on deadline day .......... perhaps he'll plead to be released from his contract to bench warm in the Prem .......... we can but wish !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • All of which simply points up just how much we need further defensive reinforcements.

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    ScotCan

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Uncle Stew; reference BL**DY computers. It`s a poor workman that blames his tool...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • It could be damage limitation time. Macchianalli will be wearing his best poker-face. (Cue Lady Gaga gags). Others have pondered on the possibility that Bassong has somehow stepped outside disciplinary protocol. If not, then presumably any termination of contract would have to be by mutual consent. Otherwise, Norwich might have to pay off the residue of his contract? Just surmising - I don`t know how these things work. Is hope waning that we might actually get a fee for him? I wonder how the Great Winkel Escape Plan is faring? A reminder; lest we forget... Any fresh news from St. Etienne?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • .....'a bid'....BL**DY computers!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • This looks like a no-win situation. If Bass is not prepared or willing to play himself into contention then it is better that he moves on. Knowing how tight-fisted McGnarly is, I am sure they won't want to be paying the wages of a 'passenger' this season. A case of put up or shut up....

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • .....opinions differ!...we all see things from a slightly different angle!....Bassong?...never did rate the guy!..turned up 10mins late!...wanted to get his name on the score sheet at the expense of doing his defensive job!....cost us a lot of goals that did!....he's been on the 'For Sale' list since Adams took charge!...No one is in a hurry to buy him!...or take him on loan!....must be a reason for that!....Perhaps if Hughton gets back into the game at some stage,(ha ha!)...he may put in and!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Very sad about Seb really. When he was good he was very very good but when he wasn't.......No doubt when he has gone we'll hear what went on as with Becchio too. Seems strange though to buy two good players and within months they are outcasts. Not the Norwich way but there you go. Put Josh in tomorrow Mr Adams!!

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    Bogaz John

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • A strange development for one of the ever-present under Hughton, I must say. Best to let him go then, and have a newstart at Palace, perhaps. I also fell sorry for Becchio - the major star at Leeds, bought byCity just to be placed on the bench, and now he is fourthor fifth in the pecking order in another Championship club than he left. Surely, Leeds would have wanted him back the way things stand there right now?

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Seb was another of Hughton`s favourites; he could do no wrong. So when Hughton left, Seb had to justify himself by performance. As cutty says; best he goes, one way or another.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • It is all a bit of a mystery but am I right in thinking that he lives in London and his life is centred there?

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Heard the rumours about Seb's bad attitude, rightly or wrongly it's a sad turn of events. Best for everyone if he does go.

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    cutty

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Giving Seb some media air time to encourage would be suitors to come and get him? Shrewd move NA - he'll be off the books in a matter of days I'm sure - OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 29, 2014

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