West Ham are considering Gary Cahill in their search for a centre-back, according to Football Insider.
The Hammers haven’t signed a single defender this summer and Manuel Pellegrini is worried by the defensive performances in preseason, a feeling which wasn’t helped as the side conceded three goals against Hertha Berlin on Wednesday.
The defender is available for a free transfer having been released by Chelsea at the end of last season and will provide competition for Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and Angelo Ogbonna if he joins.
Cahill didn’t start a single Premier League game last season and only made two substitute appearances, as per Transfermarkt. He made six starts in all competitions, which came in the Europa League group stages and Carabao Cup.
With this in mind, it is best to look at the previous season’s statistics when seeing how the 33-year-old could contribute in a West Ham shirt.
He started 24 Premier League games that season and came on as a substitute three times, as per WhoScored.
During that campaign, he made 1.1 tackles, 1 interception, 4.6 clearances and 0.5 blocks per game.
Comparing their numbers last season to Cahill’s in 2017/18, the Englishman made 0.6 tackles less than either, 0.9 fewer interceptions less, 0.1 fewer clearances and 0.3 fewer blocks than either player.
Making 559.58 passes per game in that final season under Antonio Conte, they enjoyed more possession compared to their London rivals in the previous term who managed 430.47 passes per game, meaning Cahill and co did not have to do as much defending.
Cahill would be a good acquisition, though it is uncertain whether he would be able to become a starter at London Stadium.
However, it is unlikely he would be happy to settle for a place on the bench, as indicated by his decision to speak out against Maurizio Sarri for ostracising him from the lineup, as reported by The Metro.
With this in mind, the Hammers will need to be clear to themselves and Cahill about what type of role he would have if he is to join, which can be difficult to decide considering how little was seen of him last season.
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