Although there is nothing more frustrating than inconsistency, West Ham United have certainly taken a step in the right direction under Manuel Pellegrini this season as they look to go to the next level.
The Chilean has clearly made an impression at the London Stadium during his short tenure with the club, as he has brought an attacking style of football to the team, whilst he has also made some classy additions many would not have expected to have seen playing for the Hammers in years gone by.
However, if reports about one rumoured target are to be believed, then there might have to be some serious questions that need to be asked.
According to an article by The Mirror (17/4/19, page 59, via HITC Sport), West Ham are interested in signing Chelsea’s Gary Cahill.
Now, there is no doubt that the ex-England international defender is highly-decorated when it comes to major honours and he has plenty of experience of playing at the top level, he just simply would not be the man that the Hammers need.
The 33-year-old might be an attractive free transfer option in the summer as his contract with Chelsea is set to expire, however, he could turn out to be a costly and unnecessary addition for Pellegrini’s side.
Cahill is likely going to want wages close to the £100,000-a-week he currently earns at Stamford Bridge (per Spotrac) and is unlikely to settle for a place amongst the substitutes at the London Stadium.
And, with the likes of Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop building a solid partnership at the back in their debut campaigns and with Winston Reid still to make his return to the side, the experienced international could find himself way down the pecking order at the Hammers.
Also, would he be able to cope with the demands of still playing in the Premier League on a regular basis? Given some of his recent performances for Chelsea (which were some time ago), it would be hard to suggest that he could.
Cahill has certainly started to decline as he gets older, as he is not as quick as he used to be whilst sitting at home on matchdays is hardly going to have helped him improve and keep his fitness to a reasonable standard with training only going so far.
If West Ham were to look for defensive reinforcements in the upcoming summer transfer window, they might just be better off looking at spending a transfer fee and paying lower wages for a player with bundles of talent or potential and one who would make a difference to the team in the long-run, not splash out for one who is starting to become a dinosaur in today’s game.
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