This article forms part of our Valuation Evaluation feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at the increase or decrease of a player’s Transfermarkt valuation and whether it is justified or not.
Following his arrival from Chelsea on a free transfer last summer, defender Gary Cahill has seen his market valuation fall at Crystal Palace.
According to Transfermarkt, having been £7.2m in June 2019, his valuation now stands at just £4.5m. Given his age, that is probably fair, but it does not change the fact that the 34-year-old has done a job this season as he proves to be a very effective signing made by manager Roy Hodgson.
The Crystal Palace boss himself has had nothing but good words to say about the former Chelsea captain.
“Since he has captained the team he has been fantastic,” Hodgson was recently quoted as saying by the Evening Standard when speaking about the responsibility Cahill has taken on in the current campaign. “Now we have Luka [Milivojevic] back he may have to relinquish the captaincy because really Luka is our club captain. But I gave him the captaincy in Luka’s absence and he has been quite fantastic.”
Looking at the stats, it is easy to see why Hodgson has spoken so highly of Cahill. According to WhoScored, in Palace’s squad, the centre-back makes the most blocks per league game with an average of 1.2. James Tomkins is next on the list with 0.8 and then James McArthur and Scott Dan follow with 0.6.
How much is Gary Cahill worth?
£5m or more
Less than £5m
Cahill also leads his defensive team-mates in south London when it comes to aerial duels won, averaging just under four. In fact, in the entire squad, only Christian Benteke is having more success there with an average of 5.2.
So while Cahill’s market valuation may be dropping, largely because of his age, he is still a player Hodgson can rely on.
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