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Is Gary Cahill good enough for a Champions League club?

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The opening weekend of the new Premier League season saw plenty of drama and excitement unfold as we were reminded just why we missed it so much in the first place.

But while Manchester United carried on where they left off last campaign and Joey Barton continued to improve his ever-glowing reputation, there was one standout performance.

Bolton Wanderer’s defender Gary Cahill produced another brilliant performance to help the Trotters get underway to the perfect start with a 4-0 win at newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers.

The 25 year-old was faultless at the heart of defence, and also helped himself to a stunning 25-yard strike on the stroke of half-time to set Bolton on their way to what was eventually a comfortable victory at Loftus Road.

Cahill has found himself at the centre of media speculation this summer. linking him with the likes of Manchester City and in particular Arsenal amid reports of a £16.5 million price tag placed upon him.

This could be seen as quite a steep figure for someone who has only earned 3 caps for England and is yet to play in the Champions League.
However, the Sheffield-born centre-back has all the attributes to play at the highest level for many years to come.

Ever since he moved to the Reebok from boyhood club Aston Villa in 2008, Cahill has demonstrated his ability to be a commanding force at the back, as well as being fast and having a knack for scoring goals.

He is also a footballing centre-back, showing he is as comfortable on the ball as he is off it, a quality that can’t always be credited to many defenders who prioritise safety first instead of building up an attack.

Back in April, Cahill made it clear that he feels he is ready to test himself at the highest level of club football.

“I would never disrespect Bolton after all they have done for me but I am ready for the challenge,” said Cahill. “I have played enough Premier League games and gained enough international experience to be ready.”

A potential problem for Cahill is that there seems to be quite a few centre-halves on the market, including the likes of Blackburn’s Christopher Samba and Everton’s Phil Jagielka.

You could understand why clubs would go for these two ahead of Cahill as they have more experience, and could turn out to be less expensive.

There’s also the issue for his club to make sure they get the right deal for them. Bolton have developed him into the player he is today and if they are going to lose him they need to make sure they get the financial reward that allows them to strengthen their squad in the process.

Personally though, Cahill has all the makings of being someone who can figure at the heart of defence not only for a Champions League side, but also for England over the next few years.

He will surely get that chance eventually, but it remains to be seen between now and the end of the transfer window if Cahill gets that opportunity sooner rather than later.

So what do you think? Would you like to see Cahill at your club? Or is he over-rated purely on the basis that he is young, English and playing in the Premier League? Let us know your thoughts.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. G4L

    August 17, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    I’d prefer to see Cahill over Samba or Jags. I’ wouldn’t mind if Wenger signed any of them to be honest …but I would pick Cahill out of the bunch. Yea he’s less experienced but he’s already proven his quality. He may cost a bit more too, but we’d also get a lot more years out of him.

    I just don’t understand why it hasn’t been done already!!

  2. Deowner

    August 17, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    I think Cahill is too expensive for 16.5 million pounds

  3. Dan AKA The Truth

    August 17, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Gary Cahill is a BMW to Laurent Koscielny’s Lada. If the latter is playing for a Champions League club, surely Gary Cahill would be good enough!

  4. Flinteously

    August 17, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    I want to believe he can do it for the gooners. He can aswel blend in champions league game. He will impact than the likes of calamity djourou & squallaci.

  5. Kole

    August 17, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Cahill is the answer!!! Arsenal board should as a matter of urgency go and buy him with immediate alacrity. Let’s leave wenger along for his tight pulse attitude

  6. wisesageknowledge

    August 18, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    gary cahill is certainly man enough to wear the jersey……….. if the price is right. i’ve always admired wengers savvy ability to snag a deal.

  7. Malachai Constant

    August 18, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Gary cahill could be immense for both Arsenal and England if he signs. Staying at a club like Bolton unfortunately will hold back his international career, and believe he would be a rock-solid defender for England and Arsenal if given the chance. Wenger is set to lose out on a great talent if he doesn’t act soon, and like FLINTEOUSLY was saying, we can not trust calamity Djourou or Squilacci.

  8. sexygooner

    August 18, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Cahill not good enough if he was Man United could have signed him longtime ago. Plz dnt sign him

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