With Jonathan Woodgate having left the club, the centre back positions are looking very thin and although we know that Ledley will remain in the ranks for the forthcoming campaign, everybody knows not to expect a full season from him.
With that in mind, the deadwood report turns its attention to Sebastien Bassong and here is another player who seems to split opinion down the middle. At times he looks solid and on occasions he can go AWOL and be capable of the type of clumsy challenge that gave away a penalty at Blackpool. He can also score some important goals – none more vital than our first against Young Boys at the start of last season.
As far as the club and player’s intentions are concerned, it may be a clear cut decision. Bassong isn’t happy, particularly after being left out of the side for a half fit Ledley at Liverpool. From Harry’s point of view, the best option for the player may be to use him as bait in a deal for Gary Cahill. The question however is whether you would keep Sebastien Bassong in the squad or let him go with the rest of the dead wood.