BLACKPOOL ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: DJ Campbell of Blackpool battles for the ball with Sebastien Bassong of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Bloomfield Road on February 22 2011 in Blackpool England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Two years after making his big move from Newcastle United, Sebastien Bassong is seeking a transfer away from Tottenham Hotspur, according to an article at The Guardian. Bassong described his journey as going from heaven to hell, which doesn't seem ridiculously over the top, to be honest.
When we purchased Bassong from Newcastle, I thought it was a slightly pricey but still very solid move. I saw him as an improving young central defender with all of the physical tools that are required to be a Champions League starting central defender. Those physical tools are probably still all there, but he seems to have regressed a bit over the last year.
Bassong started the game against Young Boys in Bern and was an absolute disaster, which led to Harry Redknapp benching him. He stayed on the bench unless multiple central defenders were injured, and has not been selected to start any games where any two of Michael Dawson, William Gallas, Younes Kaboul, and Ledley King are fit.
King and Gallas are obviously on borrowed time at this point, while I think Kaboul is our best option at right back at the moment, though Kyle Walker is likely the long term solution at that spot. So, obviously, we need the depth that Bassong provides. However, if he is truly unhappy here and he wants a a chance to fight for a starting spot elsewhere, I would be okay with selling him if we received an acceptable fee. I think that the fee, along with how highly Harry thinks of Bongani Khumalo and Steven Caulker will dictate whether or not Bassong is sold in the summer.