From a Watford point of view, some of the deadweight is out of contract - Josh Walker has already signed for Scunthorpe, with 'keeper Rene Gilmartin and light-weight winger Michael Bryan likely to follow him out of the door.
Mark Yeates, however, was signed last summer and is looking increasingly like a bit of a millstone. Sean Dyche's transfer activity wasn't the best, but at least in Craig Forsyth there's a hint of potential, while Joe Garner and Chris Iwelumo, who have one goal each to their names this season, show enough to suggest there's reason to persist with them (although in Garner's case, one decent signing up front this summer may well do for him).
Yeates was in and out of the Sheffield United side when they were relegated last season, their fans seemed quite glad to get rid of him. During the early period of the season when we lacked pretty much any creativity his assists led to many of his goals, but as Dyche's side has come together and moved up the table Yeates has looked exposed. He's not especially fast, doesn't take people on much and his dead-balls are increasingly erratic. He also loses the ball far too often, and lacks the ability to win it back. Watford have been playing two defensive midfielders in the centre for most of the season, and the side's looked far more effective when Dyche has played Sean Murray and loan wingers like Michael Kightly and Alex Kacaniklic. The latter two have returned to their clubs, but Dyche has chosen to play Joe Garner/Prince Buaben, neither of whom are wingers on the right the last two weeks, while Yeates has been out of the matchday 16.
It doesn't help that he simply looks like the sort of player that's disruptive either.
He's not a terrible option to have, but Watford have a number of youngsters who can probably fulfil the squad-player role he's likely to be limited to for the remainder of his contract. I doubt we'll be able to shift him, but I wouldn't be surprised if he spent a fair bit of next season out on loan in League One.
Simon Clegg (our CEO)
Marcus Evans (our saviour and mystery owner, who had doubled our debt and has cut our Academy from being one of the top five in the country, to third in the region, behind Norwich and Colchester)
Hmm. Since Warren Feeney left we haven't had any utterly useless players. But we still have a lot of very average filler and unfulfilled promise, happily on very short contracts. So, I don't know, Josh Parker? Ryan Brooke? Neither bad or despicable, just unnecessary.
For Boro, Kevin Thomson. Universally disliked, universally shit. Think he is out of contract anyhow.
Might be an idea to flog Marvin Emnes for a few quid since other championship clubs and some lower PL ones seem to think he is better than he is.
For Juve, Marco Borriello. Don't think there is any chance of the club trying to make that move permanent. Also best to get something for Milos Krasic before his stock falls entirely. Would be suprised if Elijero Elia is retained too.
Anderson. I don't care if he turns out to be pele somewhere else, I feel confident that the chances are very remote. I think he's had enough time and patience. I think he may well be sold, though hopefully not in part exchange for gaitan. Man utd need to spend their money elsewhere.
Diouf and gibson are already gone. Owen and kusczak are out of contract. Berbatov is going to be sold. Bebe may be smuggled off the premises for an undisclosed fee.
It's this thread every year that makes me realise what a fanboy I am because I find it very hard to pick anyone (certainly not permanent signings, there's often a useless loan signing I'm happy to to see going back to his parent club).
They've all being trying their best, the plucky buggers, they could have just done with a few more pals to help out.