The Monday Profile: Grant Basey
A lot of column centimetres have been devoted to Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes in recent weeks and to have kept his head while others around him have been placing it upon the financial guillotine has been admirable – yes, that’s you David Gold. Three excellent articles in The Seventy Two have explored the appeal of the man while our own blogger Ben profiled him in these pages as 2012 drew to its conclusion.
Rhodes had already provided enough for all of us to chew on in the game of the football league season so far at Hillsborough in December but to follow that with a 5 goal haul as the Terriers won 6-0 at Wycombe on January 6 will have heartened the journalists who trekked to the Chilterns on a chilly Friday night.
But spare a thought for that Wanderers side – as reliable a yo-yo club as there has been since they stepped up to league status in 1993. The South Bucks men have been promoted thrice in that spell and two of these have come in the very recent past.
Money has always asserted its boundaries at Adams Park and it does appear that third echelon football provides the ceiling. That’s more the case than ever this campaign – Gary Waddock’s charges have won just five times since August and the aforementioned shellacking was a third defeat on the bounce, leaving the Chairboys three points from safety and facing a slough of despond.
Left sided defender Grant Basey (inevitably nicknamed ‘The Count’) was at the heart of that defence disdained by the Rhodes scholar and he must be wondering what the next stage of his stuttering career will bring, having recently penned an eighteen month deal following a loan spell.
Last Spring, the 6 foot 2 Bromley native was at the heart of the Peterborough United defence that booked an immediate return passage back into the Championship with a 3-0 win over the Terriers so how time has changed – indeed, the defender must have been disheartened that a six month deal signed last January wasn’t extended beyond the end of the season – it’s possible that he signed his own P45 by easing Posh up a division.
Earlier, uncorroborated rumours of a lack of commitment for a relegation battle at Barnet had also led to a truncated spell and it’s only at initial home Charlton that Basey enjoyed a numerousness to his appearances. Having joined the Addicks at just eight years old, he turned out 46 times in scarlet, although I do remember him receiving a thorough chasing at the hands of Reading’s Jimmy Kébé on one occasion, even if the Valiants won the match 4-2.
That game saw him feature at left back but a lack of pace will always mitigate against the effectiveness of the English-born Welshman in that position – it seems his most convincing performances have been as the left sided centre half in a pairing. Oddly, a season of struggle for Wycombe might help him cement his place.