Neil Warnock will embark on his first full season in charge of Cardiff City when the new Championship campaign gets underway in August.
The Bluebirds began the previous season with Paul Trollope at the helm, but the 45-year-old lasted just a few months after guiding the South Wales outfit to just two wins from his 12 games in charge.
And that saw former Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers boss Warnock return to football with the club, leading them to 12th place in the Championship by winning 15 of his 35 league games in charge.
And the 68-year-old will now be turning his attentions to next season and how his Cardiff team can bridge the 18-point gap to the top six, and it’s clear from their shortcomings last term that serious reinforcements will be needed to aid in that quest.
And one man they could look to land this summer is Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong, who will be released by the Canaries at the end of the month at the expiration of his contract.
The 30-year-old spent five years at Carrow Road after spells at Newcastle United and Tottenham, and went on to make 135 appearances for the Nolfolk-based club, helping them win promotion back in 2015.
And it’s this experience and know-how, as well as his clear defensive capabilities at this level, that must interest Warnock and his Cardiff hierarchy.
Bassong proved his worth to both Tottenham and Newcastle during his time at those clubs, totalling 177 Premier League appearances and six goals in all to demonstrate how highly he was thought of at the highest level.
And although he suffered relegation with Norwich back in 2014, he produced a fine season to help Alex Neil’s side bounce straight back up through the Championship play-offs the campaign after.
Yes, his efforts for Norwich last term were heavily scrutinised – the Canaries conceded 69 goals during the campaign – but there’s little doubting his capabilities as a defender, and in a Warnock side, he could flourish.
And a deal for Bassong could be even more important given that star defender Bruno Manga is expected to leave the club this summer at the end of his contract.
The Bluebirds aren’t confident of tying him down to a new deal at the Cardiff City Stadium – consequently his departure would leave a gaping hole which Warnock will simply have to fill to try and sustain a promotion bid.
And with Bassong likely in need of a fresh start somewhere following some testing times at Norwich, Warnock should seriously consider giving the £2.13 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) a Championship lifeline this summer.