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Gary Cahill`s Support Falls As Chelsea Rise

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.

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Date:Friday September 29 2017
Time: 6:59AM


Yes cahill deserves more credit to his name than just "sticks".
29/09/2017 07:55:00
Please, leave sentiments aside, on current form Cahill is the worst of all our defenders. In his absence Rudiger, Christensen and even Luiz not to talk of Aspi have all done better. Does he command more respect than Terry who, in spite of his achievements, had no qualms accepting to stay on the bench while we fought for the title last season? With City's pacy attackers, I don't see us winning tomorrow's match if Cahill starts pronto.
29/09/2017 10:36:00
Cahill is a good defender....but he's not just authoritative as a captain.....sometimes luis is the one that tells him what to do......I like him cause he can score from setpieces but Rudiger is a better option than him.....he's too sloppy atimes
29/09/2017 10:50:00
I have been a little vocal in my criticism of Cahill of late, and my major gripe is how ineffective he can be in terms of his ball playing abilities. Of course he is a really good defender, and an excellent option especially when we do not expect to have much of the ball ( like tomorrow). That said, I must also say he was very very good mid week against Atletico, he was solid defensively, he kept things simple on the ball, and was positionally very good. If he continues playing like that against all oppositions (and that is a big if) then Rudiger (who is also a really good player with very high ceiling imo) will have a big fight on his hand. This sort of competition can only be good so I say bring it on.
29/09/2017 15:22:00
Cahill still got it on his days. Although his consistency has dropped in recent days.
Jerry O
29/09/2017 20:52:00
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