Gary Cahill`s Support Falls As Chelsea Rise
Chelsea`s season continues to flourish after all the doubts from August, that now turn to optimism, as the team continue build after that initial Burnley defeat. Two players, though, remain in the firing line. First up is Gary Cahill.
Antonio Conte saw fit, at the beginning of the campaign to name Cahill as his captain. The captain has since been on the receiving end of demands to see him remain on the bench rather take up his captain`s role. It`s true he may have instigated his own downfall, by getting himself sent off just 14 minutes into the first game at home to Burnley.
The mini meltdown that followed could have set the tone for another disastrous Mourinho-esq, season. That Antonio Conte was able to steady the ship and quickly get the team back on course was to the manager`s credit.
For Cahill`s part, he sat out the next three games, missing out on crucial game time early on in the campaign. So far Chelsea`s captain has managed only 135 minutes of Premier League football out of a possible 530 minutes. He`s lacking match fitness, and in the most competitive league in the world, it`s a vital miss.
I seem to recall a similar reaction last season. Off the back of a truly awful collective performance by England at the European Championships, Cahill was short on confidence and didn`t have a great start back in domestic football. Cahill made a couple of mistakes that led to goals against, doubts were again raised about his defensive abilities. He came back strong though in 'John Terry` style and led the team to Premier League success.
While we`re on the subject, let`s not forget Cahill has seen his mentor JT leave the football club during the summer. He`s had to step up to being club captain, following on from Chelsea`s most successful captain of all time. JT`s boots are pretty big boots to have to step into. Terry may not have played too many games last season, but the support he would have offered to Cahill throughout it, would have been invaluable.
Gary Cahill deserves more from Chelsea fans than the 'stick` he`s received so far this season. He`s won just about everything there is to win at Chelsea Football Club. The history books will show Cahill as one of the most successful English players to have graced a football pitch.
Let`s not also forget he came to the club from Bolton Wanderers back in January 2012 for just £8.4m. In today`s money, here`s a player who owes us supporters and our club absolutely nothing. The very least we can give him is our support.
Next up the defence of Willian……….