Former Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill is keen on reuniting with his former manager Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
Cahill was a regular under Roy Hodgson for the England international side between the years of 2012 and 2016.
The report states that Crystal Palace want the defender for his experience and leadership skills, however, they will also be fighting West Ham and Burnley for his signature.
According to the Mail, the prospect of joining Crystal Palace is one which appeals to Cahill as he wants to stay within the capital.
The centre-half is available on a free after his contract with Chelsea expired at the end of last season.
Considering that Palace already have four experienced Premier League centre-backs at their disposal, the signing of Gary Cahill would be a bit of surprising one – especially if he is after first-team football. Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, Scott Dann and Martin Kelly are all more than capable at this level and the club even have Jairo Riedewald available if injuries rule three of the previous four out.
It’s hard to see where Cahill could fit in this side. Out of the centre-backs last year, Tomkins played the most with 29, Sakho played 27, Kelly 13 and Dann 10. If Clark was to join this Palace side, it would be hard to suggest where he would slip in within the pecking order, considering the fact Hodgson’s current options seemed to impress him last season.
Hodgson told the Palace website on April 26: “I must say in particular that the two centre-backs, Scott Dann and Martin Kelly, have stepped up to the plate quite incredibly in very difficult games; we have always known the confidence and the ability to play in the Premier League but kept out by two guys playing very, very well and they’ve had to wait for their chance but it’s good they’ve got that chance and good they’ve shown their ability and they’ve done it in games where we could’ve been expected to lose, Newcastle away and Arsenal away.”
With Palace already having a chunky wage bill, the signing of Cahill could be a bit shortsighted. While they could do with another body in there, spending big wages on someone who isn’t necessarily going to play isn’t the best idea.
They could be better going off for a younger alternative who might have a path to the first team or just sticking with Jairo Riedewald.
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