How Gary Cahill may give Chelsea a surprise problem next summer

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill could be the most wanted centre back in the Premier League at the end of this season.

The 27-year-old continued his solid start to the Premier League season with a brutal display of efficiency in the face of adversity against Ukraine last night.

Many wouldn’t have been watching England last night thinking that he was capable of that sort of gritty, determined and downright dogged display as he popped up in the right place and the right time on nearly every occasion.

He was a measure of composure alongside Phil Jagielka in a match where other European defences may have crumbled.

He’s now likely to retain his place in the Chelsea and England sides for the rest of the season which gives him a platform to maintain his consistency and to improve, becoming an even more complete defender than he already is.

The problem for the current Europa League holders is that it could leave him with a massive target sign on his back at the end of the season, regardless of the fact that his current contract expires in four years.

Any side that badly needs a centre back at the end of the current campaign could be interested in him, especially if he’s successful this season in a Chelsea side that wins more than one piece of silverware.

For example, Barcelona made an enquiry for David Luiz over the summer and they were also strongly linked with a move for Liverpool’s Daniel Agger.

They failed to make that marquee defensive signing before the transfer window slammed shut which means they could return to Chelsea but this time for a different player altogether.

Cahill has a long season ahead of him and gradually he will become a more refined player under the reign of Jose Mourinho who is a world class physical coach as much as he’s a world class tactician and mind games professional.

It’s important to note that Chelsea hold all of the power and similarly to the David Luiz incident, they are under no pressure to sell at all.

Any side coming in for Cahill faces the challenge of getting one of England’s best defenders to leave one of England’s best clubs but that won’t stop the big sides from sniffing around, tapping up and generally trying to sound him out over a potential move.

Any offer for him is going to need to be absolutely huge considering the length of his contract plus the fact he’s John Terry’s natural long term replacement in the back four at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are no mugs which means any attempts to sign Cahill at the end of the season may turn out to be pointless but if there is interest, and there should be if he carries on playing the way he has done, then that in itself is the biggest compliment for a centre back who continues to improve.

What have you made of Cahill’s season? Would you be surprised if a big side came in for him?

image: © Ben Sutherland

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