SEBASTIEN Bassong is braced for a hot reception at St James’s Park.
But the Tottenham defender says he understands why he’ll be booed on his return to Newcastle United.
Bassong quit the club in the wake of relegation, the 24-year-old having been unwilling to drop down to the Championship.
And the Senegal international went on to sign for the London club in July last year.
Bassong’s keeness to leave hasn’t been forgotten by Newcastle’s fans, who booed him in United’s 2-0 defeat at White Hart Lane last month. However, Bassong will always be grateful to the club for giving him his chance in the Premier League
“I know I’ll be booed again, but hopefully not too much,” said Bassong. “I was booed against Newcastle in the game at White Hart Lane, but can I expect anything else?
“When you only play for a club for one year, and then you leave I that’s part of football.
“I will never forget what Newcastle United gave me. They gave me my chance to play in the Premier League, and despite the boos, I still won’t forget that.
“I appreciate what they did.”
Goals from Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale saw off Newcastle at White Hart Lane the last meeting between the two sides, but their quality on the flanks aside, there wasn’t much to separate the two teams.
“Newcastle are a tough team – they have some hard players to play against, like Andy Carroll,” Bassong went on.
“They’re going to stay up, for sure. They’ve proved in a lot of games that they have the right amount of skill and ability.
“It will be hard for us. Newcastle also have a new manager in Alan Pardew, and they’re looking well organised.”