It is clear that Gary Cahill does not figure in Maurizio Sarri’s plans for Chelsea this season.
Not long ago the defender was the first name on the teamsheet, but now he has to settle for a regular spot on the bench.
In fact, the centre-back, who is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, has only made five appearances in all competitions.
One of those outings was on Wednesday night when he lined up at the back for the Blues’ EFL Cup tie against Derby County.
The experienced defender played the full 90 minutes of the contest, which ended in a 3-2 victory for Chelsea.
The visiting side to Stamford Bridge ended up scoring two own goals, but it was Cesc Fabregas who nabbed the winner for the hosts.
It was not the most convincing performance from Maurizio Sarri’s side, and Cahill, who is struggling to break up the centre-back partnership of Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz, was subjected to online criticism after the final whistle.
First time I’m really gunna bag Sarri here but how he left Cahill on the pitch last night was a disgrace. If Cahill himself wasn’t having a bad enough game, then consider the impact upon AC’s morale. Poor judgment I’m afraid.
— ?? CFC (@CFCSW6_1905) November 1, 2018
watching Cahill last night, couldn’t help feeling his time at Chelsea is almost up ! Christensen also not the defender we saw 12 months ago, Emerson no better than Kenedy & Zappacosta while ok going forward struggles defensively ..
— N Jones (@cfc1905_neil) November 1, 2018
Well, Cahill playing scares everyone including his defensive partner. He’s that terrible now. Way past it.
— Abdullah (@a2_cfc) November 1, 2018
Atleast we all now know why Sarri always drops Christensen and Cahill #CFC
— Bruno Khanyile (@BrunoKhanyile) November 1, 2018
Cahill was easily the worst today though, he’s finished at this level.
— Sammy (@sammydrogba) November 1, 2018
Really undeserved win but to still score be scoring and look dangerous at times shows us that with the right changes we would improve so much,Cahill needs to be dropped for life, willian wouldn’t even get into Derby’s front three, odoi needs to start, onto the quarters ?
— ConnorCFC (@ConnorCFC2) October 31, 2018
— Young Chartered Chelsea (@Chartered_CFC) October 31, 2018
Cahill was poor really shouldnt have played this game can even make a simple pass.
— somboy_CFC (@A_Allymoha) October 31, 2018
Cahill needs to stay away from any starting 11. I’m grateful for all he’s done for this club but he’s times up!
— ChelseaFC Fan base (@CFC_Trueblues) October 31, 2018