Crystal Palace eye up Gary Cahill following release from Chelsea

According to The Sun, Crystal Palace are one of a number of clubs vying to sign free-agent Gary Cahill.

What’s the deal, then?

The former Chelsea defender left the Blues at the end of June after his contract expired at Stamford Bridge.

But it is reported the ex-England international will have no shortage of options, with a host of English teams having shown interest including Leicester and West Ham.

The writing seemed on the wall for Cahill at the Europa League champions from as early as September last year when he said he would not be willing to sit on the bench.

This quote from The Telegraph says it all: “I’m not a guy who is willing to accept not playing. It’s all about playing. Your career’s short enough as it is.”

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And a subsequent lack of game time in the 2018/19 season – eight appearances in all competitions and just 22 minutes of Premier League football – brought the 6 ft 4 man’s spell with the west London side to an end.

Cahill’s first-team action demand could prove problematic

The first problem with Cahill is his aforementioned age and the fact that he has only made a handful of appearances over the past 12 months. The lack of games would surely be a worry when it comes to deciding whether or not he is still good enough to be a regular starter at this level.

There is also the issue which the Evening Standard brought up back in January that Gary Cahill’s £130,000-a-week wages may have to be met if he refuses to lower his demands, which could be a big burden for a club like Palace to take on.

Thirdly, there is the difficult situation Roy Hodgson will be put in if the south London club find out Cahill is unable to maintain a high level week in-week out, as he could still be on high wages and expecting to be playing first-team football.

But most importantly, while all those reasons are valid, the major one is that Palace had a good backline last year which is shown by the fact that they conceded the second fewest goals of all the teams in the bottom half, and even fewer than Manchester United and West Ham United in the Top 10.

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Breaking up a long-standing strong defensive partnership of Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins would be a huge misstep on Hodgson’s part.

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