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Norwich City boss Alex Neil reveals Sebastien Bassong talks

07:45 12 January 2015

Norwich City defender Steven Whittaker had to go off after feeling unwell at Bournemouth. 
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Norwich City defender Steven Whittaker had to go off after feeling unwell at Bournemouth. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Sebastien Bassong’s Norwich City future is set to become much clearer after Alex Neil revealed he plans talks with the club’s former player of the year.

Basssong is back at his parent club following an 11-game loan stint with Championship promotion rivals Watford. The 28-year-old played no part under Neil Adams but with Carlos Cuellar (thigh) and Ryan Bennett (hamstring) injured the new boss is keeping an open-mind over Bassong’s next move.

“I will be meeting Seb on Monday and we’ll see where we go from there. The full squad is going to be needed between now and the end of the season and the backroom team as well,” said Neil. “It’s not just about me, everyone is going to have to play their part to be successful. We’ll do our very best to make sure we can kick on and win as many games as we can.”

Bennett’s injury will be assessed over the coming days after lasting just eight minutes at Bournemouth.

“We had to make a quick change because (Steven) Whittaker was struggling with illness and we had to put him on,” said Neil. “I don’t think he was fully warmed up because Whittaker had been sick and he tries to open his legs up and just tweaked his hamstring so we’ll see the extent of that once the scan has been done.”

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28 comments

  • I would give Whittaker a chance to play attacking mid field as his attacking qualities are better than his defending qualities. Food for thought.

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    NoggintheNog

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

  • How about a swap: Hendrie for Whittaker. I like Stephen Hendrie, great snooker player.

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    waclor

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • tonyb, think young Stephen Hendrie, left back, could be one of the first AN signings. Is Olsson really all that? The jury's out IMO

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    ole tommy buster custard

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • sell him and put the money towards a right back!

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    tonyb

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • What happened with Bassong…he told Adams the first day in charge that he would not play for "Youth Team Manager" YES HE HAS A BIG EGO BUT……What should happen to him now ? If Alec Neil knows he can handle his ego .along with others he has,we should get him back right away Asian Canaries

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    Kazakhstan Canary

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • This Bassong saga has been an unwelcome side show. Either way needs to be sorted out. Either shape-up or ship out should be the message. By the way, how has Big Bass been playing for Watford this season ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Glad to see the Bassong issue is going to be high on the list of things to do for Alex Neil , ridiculous that things have dragged on this long . And if substitutes are really as delicate as racehorses then why have them sitting cramped and cold in the dugout , should be indoors doing movement and music \ Pilates under the guidance of one of our many coaches , until called for .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • With the rapid injury to Ryan Bennett at Bournemouth it was inevitable that AN would try and sort out the Bassong issue fairly swiftly. I agree with Waclor, with Bassong's contract ending at the end of the season this could be just the right time for him to come back and perform and have a promotion on his CV. Teams such as Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves are now finding their form and I don't fancy either in the play-offs so the beefier our squad in this final half of the season the better the chance of a top two finish.

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    NorwichAbs

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • This will upset the accountants but it seems to me that Bassong can be an asset and a liability at the same time. It is tempting to say get him playing then if his attitude is right, keep him and if it's not, sell him. However if he is on a three year deal, it will expire in the Summer. I guess therefore it would be in Bassong's interests to put in some good performances for Norwich then walk away to a lucrative contract as a free agent on 1st July. At least then we will get some benefit from his ludicrous salary. Alternatively find a south coast team, managed by a fool and sell him to them for an enormous fee.

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    waclor

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • CanaryWest - No, actually I think you have a shorter memory than most. I can remember the season before that when Bassong was immense, and won player of the season. But of course when you want to slag off a player its tricky when they were not all bad, so you have conveniently forget about the good points.

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    MancCanary

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Give Bassong a second change and get our "Defender" and former "Player of the year" back to the squad.

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    21

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Give him a second chance, but he needs to cut the 'Can't be bothered' moments and stupidity. By stupidity, I refer to a game he played at CR in which he slid in and almost put the ball through his own net... then promptly got up, shrugged his shoulders with the universal open handed 'I don't know how that happed' body language, and grinned like an idiot at us in the Lower Barclay. Whilst it shows humour, I do not wish to see 'humorous' defending.

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    Eddie

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Let's hope AN doesn't welcome Bas with a Glasgow kiss.

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    cutty

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Bassong will end up going back to London either on loan again or sold on the cheap. Frankly wouldn't surprise me if Newcastle were so desperate they came calling what with their horrendous injury list

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    ole tommy buster custard

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • If Bassong is to come back into the fold then it is up to him to show us what we have been missing. His first season was ok but the second was not. It seems that a 50-50 split among the travelling support was evident about him.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • BBB, I think most believe he has the ability, but what I hope and expect is that AN will insist on the right attitude and for the players to do things his way. That is the concern with Bassong. I think we'll know very soon which way this one will play out.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Bassong is top class and Alex will manage him.

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    BBB

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Bassong bothers me. I respect that he's got innate talent, but a well-paid professional going out of his way to undermine a new manager at the outset, as is alleged to have happened at the start of Adams' time in charge, shows a very disturbing character flaw. That said, Neil comes across as a very strong character and I suspect he won't have too much trouble keeping him on the straight and narrow if it's decided that he rejoins the squad.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Maybe I have a longer memory than most but Bassong was one of the main reasons we got relegated. If he comes back into the team how long before he has one of his "cannot be bothered" moments and cost us points again.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Sorry for misspelling Bassong.

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    Robbo

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Basing is a quality player which we will need,for the run in to the season.

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    Robbo

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Surely a main concern must be the wages Bassong's contract demands. Watford must have been one of the only clubs that could have either paid in full or subsidised the monthly fee .......... as always though we can only speculate on what the guy earns, despite the pay cut from the Prem. NCFC PoS's are clearly well deserved

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • It's not impossible that Bassong might turn over a new leaf under Neil. His career at Norwich has been something of a mystery - player of the year one year, arch-villain the next. It looked like an attitude problem - he may have fallen out with Hughton, then Adams dropped him like a hot potato. Now there's a new broom. Let's see, we need more defenders anyway (inc fullbacks methinks).

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    canary tifoso

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • When his mind is right, Bassong is an excellent left sided centre back, something our team desperately needs. It would seem more than coincidence that Watford lost as soon as he re-joined us. Bennett unfortunately seems very injury prone, so may never provide cover when needed. Turner never looks comfortable at left centre back but I think he and Bassong did and would make an ideal partnership if Alex can sort it out. If not, lets get money for him and find another decent left sided centre back, that is presuming Cuellar and Miquel are not considered up to the task.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Also agree with both. If he is to play no further part, then he needs to go. First season back in the Premier, he was the rock of our defence and without him we looked very vulnerable. If he could get back to that form, would be superb.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Agree with both. I guess the gangsta thing doesn't impress everyone?

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Still have no idea what went on with Basssong but it is important to sort out, one way or another, what his future will be. Whether it is at Norwich or elsewhere is a matter between him and the club. Meantime, at this stage of the season, injuries tend to build up and even with a big squad we should be looking to bring in one or two players, especially in defensive roles. The existing squad, while not as good as some had believed, is certainly more than capable of putting together a run and pushing for a play-off place. Hopefully they have already woken up to Alex's early demands for more commitment and effort. If they have taken this on board we can see this as a realistic aim. Whether we go one better depends to a large extent on whether teams like Bournemouth and Ipswich hit bad runs and also how teams just below us perform. It is going to be tight because any one of a dozen teams could be in the frame come May. It should be interesting to say the least!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, January 12, 2015

  • Well, credit where it's due, Alex is moving pretty swiftly in sorting the Bassong issue. No doubt if SB wasn't in the squad we'd surely be looking to add somebody of his style anyway. Everyone deserves a second chance IMO

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    nevermindthedanger

    Monday, January 12, 2015

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