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Premier League icons: Sébastien Bassong

2 June 2021

In this feature we are counting down Norwich City's top 15 Premier League appearance makers. At number 11 is a strong, quick defender who was the first player, from outside the British Isles, to win the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy for the club's player of the season.

Sébastien Bassong

Premier League stats

Games: 93
Goals: 4

Games: 177
Goals: 6
Assists: 2
Clean sheets: 35

Bio: Sébastien Bassong spent five seasons at Carrow Road, having joined the club from Tottenham Hotspur on August 21, 2012. The first of those seasons was in the Premier League, under Chris Hughton, who he knew from his time at Newcastle United.

Sébastien made his Canaries debut against Queens Park Rangers and then quickly established himself as a first team regular that season, playing 34 times and scoring his first goal for the club with a late equaliser away at Everton. At the end of the campaign he was named the Norwich City player of the season and given the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy. In doing so, he became the first player from outside the British Isles to win the prestigious award. He was promoted to club captain the following campaign, following the departure of Grant Holt, but missed the start of the campaign though injury. He played 27 league games that season as Norwich City were relegated. He started the following campaign on loan at Watford, before returning triumphantly in January to help the club secure promotion back to the Premier League.

He then played 36 games back in the Premier League and scored his first goal in over three years for Norwich in a 5-4 defeat at home to Liverpool. Norwich were relegated again at the end of that season and the following campaign he made just 13 appearances in all competitions for the Canaries before being released.

Memorable moment

Sébastien Bassong scored his first goal for Norwich City in injury time at Goodison Park when he got on the end of a Javier Garrido cross to head home and secure the Canaries a precious late piont.

Where is he now?

Sébastien joined Peterborough United after leaving Norwich City, before playing for Greek side Volos FC. However, he also played for Isthmian Premier League side Haringey Borough as recently as 2020.

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