Bassong ready for first-team fight

Tottenham Hotspur defender Sebastien Bassong says he is ready to do battle with Jonathan Woodgate, Michael Dawson and Ledley King for a first-team place, once the experienced trio return from injury.

The 23-year-old joined the White Hart Lane outfit from Newcastle United last month for a fee reportedly in the region of £8 million, and has played in all four of Spurs’ Premier League matches so far this season, scoring on his debut against Liverpool.

With England international Woodgate now back in training, Bassong could face a real battle to prolong his run in the side – despite Tottenham's perfect start to the campaign.

But, speaking to Spurs’ official magazine ‘hotspur’ Bassong said: "Every player needs competition to move forward. I am here for the examination and I am ready for it.

"We have some outstanding central defenders here; I don't think there are many other clubs in the Premier League with so many of such a high standard. I knew before I signed that if everyone is fit it will be a tough fight to play.”

Bassong has particularly sung the praises of injury-plagued centre back Ledley King, who has partnered the Cameroon international at the back in three of Spurs’ four Premier League outings to date.

"I watch Ledley all the time and know that I can benefit a lot from him and Woody [Jonathan Woodgate]. I am still young with a lot to learn so having players like them around is a good thing for me."

Tottenham currently sit second in the Premier League having won all four of their league games, but face the daunting task of back-to-back matches with champions Manchester United and current leaders Chelsea after the current international break.