Chelsea have gone off to a flier this season, but it has not been an exciting start to the new campaign for former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill. It’s now been 6 games played in total since the 2018/19 season, and the man is yet to feature in any – not even in the Europa league where the likes of Davide Zappacosta have gotten a chance.
The problem of Gary didn’t exactly begin now; he has struggled to start in recent seasons. Last season, he did get a taste of the bench after a string of very disappointing outings in the blue jersey before he eventually got his groove back on towards the end of the campaign. Now, we have a new manager, and Sarri seems to have his defence set up even before Cahill returned for pre-season.
At 32, Gary Cahill can still very much be useful to any team, but it would appear he hasn’t yet impressed Sarri enough to get a call. It doesn’t mean he isn’t putting in enough work, perhaps his lack of pace might be a factor coupled with the competition at the squad, and knowing that Sarri-ball is a different ball game entirely, that might leave the skipper exposed.
It is no wonder the man is pondering a move away from Stamford Bridge in search of some playing time. Speaking in a new interview with Daily Mirror, he said: “I don’t want to jump the gun but as things stand at this time, probably, yes, I might have to leave in January”.
So should Chelsea let him go? Has he outlived his purpose for the club?
His age doesn’t do him a lot of good. He is on the early side of 30, and at his age, most footballers gradually start to lose their best parts. However, I do not think Chelsea should discard him just yet. Gary has been good and loyal to us, and in his prime, was one of our best defenders, and even though he isn’t at the same level, I believe that we may require him to step up and play again at some point.
As things stand, Andreas Christensen is perhaps our only reliable extra centre back, considering Ethan Ampadu is still regarded as a youngster. So what happens when we have injury problems at the back? We should keep a hold of him, pending when we can do some more additions at the back.
Again, if the case of David Luiz has taught me anything, it is that with consistent hard work, things can always improve. He fought his way back into the starting eleven, even though he seemed poised for a move away. If Gary can look at himself and work hard enough, who knows, tomorrow, it just may be him making a stunning return to the Chelsea starting eleven.