A 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal sealed the East Anglia team’s fate over the weekend; though it would have taken an almighty shift in goal-difference for the Norfolk side to stand any chance of avoid the drop.
And while those who took to the field against the Gunners garnered their fair share of criticism from the assembled fans at Carrow Road, one man noticeable for his absence was club captain Sebastien Bassong.
Something of a regular during Chris Hugton’s reign, the Frenchman was made captain by the former Newcastle coach, whom he worked alongside during his spell on Tyneside.
However a change of manager has seen Bassong lose his place as a first-team starter, with new boss Neil Adams opting to leave the 27-year-old out of the Canaries’ crunch clash with Fulham a few weeks ago – a game Norwich went on to lose 1-0.
Since then, Bassong has been used sparingly, featuring in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea but failing to even make the bench against Arsenal.
And with Championship football now looming large and the defender keen to reassert himself in the Cameroon national team setup, a move away could be on the cards with Aston Villa one potential option for the defender.
The Villans finished the season with the fourth-worst defensive record and while the club is set for major changes this summer, after Randy Lerner announced plans to sell-up, current manager Paul Lambert will still be eager to launch a cut-price bid for Bassong.
Much, however, could depend on the nature of the upheaval at Villa Park, with any failure to move likely to open the door for Newcastle United to launch a bid for the former Toon hero.