Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Premier League forward Dean Windass believes Crystal Palace letting Gary Cahill go was a “bad decision”, though he can understand the reasoning.
Cahill recently joined Bournemouth, with Palace confirming his release at the start of August following the end of his contract.
Palace and Cahill were said to be in talks over a new deal, but discussions reportedly broke down due to a disagreement over wages, resulting in the south London club releasing the English defender.
Ultimately, for Windass, allowing Cahill to leave was not the best of decisions, with the ex-Hull City striker believing his exit is a huge loss for the Selhurst Park dressing room.
“Experience wise and around the changing room, it’s probably a bad decision letting him go,” Windass told FFC. “But I think on the pitch, Patrick’s recognised that obviously he’s coming to that age and probably Gary’s the same.
“But only time will tell now, you know, what he’s got at the back available, but they need to stop leaking goals.”
Losing someone of Cahill’s experience is a bit of a blow, but Palace are clearly looking to the future.
Marc Guehi, 21, and Joachim Andersen 25, are both significantly younger and could be Palace’s first-choice central defensive partnership for years to come.