Gary Cahill and Bolton Wanderers have gone in very different directions since he departed for Stamford Bridge in 2012.
Ah, Bolton Wanderers. The once great home of some of the most gifted midtable players to have ever graced the Premier League now lies in ruin, and what the club would do for Gary Cahill back to help raise them from the ashes.
Gary Cahill, what a talent.
The Englishman really had it all. You know, the usual generic spiel about pace, power and strength. Remember speaking to a Bolton fan once and he referred to Gary Cahill as “the fastest player in the squad”. Whether that was much of achievement with the likes of Kevin Nolan and Kevin Davies kicking around at the time, we do not know. But he said it nonetheless, and that has stuck.
He was very capable on the ball as well. Again, very normal stuff to be saying about a modern defender, but he was undoubtedly one of the best in the business and controlling the tempo from the back. Rumour has it Virgil van Dijk was inspired by Bolton Wanderers-era Gary Cahill (unconfirmed).
All good things must come to end, though, and in 2012 Bolton’s most prized possession departed Lancashire to join Chelsea for a fee estimated to be around £7million.
Considering today’s lucrative prices, £7million is daylight robbery.
Signing the England defender was just about the only good thing Andre Villas-Boas did for the club during his short and insignificant tenure. Alongside club legend John Terry, Cahill formed one of the greatest defensive partnerships in modern football.
Continuing in much the same vein as his career in Bolton just with more accomplished players beside him, the Englishman went on to win it all at Stamford Bridge within three years of arriving at the club. As the Blues have conveniently gloated about on their Twitter.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 26, 2015
Now in the twilight years of his career, Cahill is struggling to get minutes under his belt and has featured in just seven games this season. Most of which coming in the Europa League.
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