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West Ham United need Gary Cahill more than they might think

West Ham United need Gary Cahill more than they might think

West Ham United should do everything in their ability to try and secure the services of out of sorts Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.

What’s the story?

New Blues boss Mauricio Sarri doesn’t seem to be a big admirer of the club-captain with David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger getting the nod ahead of him so far this season. Cahill, who captained Chelsea on a few occasions in their title winning season under Antonio Conte, is out of contract at Stamford Bridge at the end of the season and the Hammers appear to be interested in the former Bolton Wanderers man.

According to the Mirror, Manuel Pellegrini is keen on strengthening his defence after a poor start to the season that sees West Ham fight a relegation battle at the moment and the England international could be on the move in January already if Chelsea try to cash in before his contract expires next summer.

Why West Ham need him

Although West Ham might feel that a younger, more vibrant defender would be the way to go in order to be more composed at the back, someone like Cahill would improve their structures in an instant. An organised defensive base with a solid link is exactly what Pellegrini’s setup has been lacking in the first three months of the season.

The 32-year-old’s experience is incomparable with most other defenders in the Premier League and the fact that he could be open for a move across London to West Ham should provide a sense of optimism for the Hammers, rather than disinterest.

Pellegrini’s struggle to get his defence to operate as a unit has been a worrying sight for the club and letting in easy goals that should have been dealt with by one of the defenders is exactly the reason why the calibre player of Cahill is needed.

During his time at Chelsea, he grew significantly under the guidance of John Terry and became Conte’s number one defender. The value and direction he would be able to offer the struggling West Ham defenders will be encouraging to the players around him and could be what saves the club’s season.

A deal in January is, therefore, non-negotiable if West Ham were to get back to better results and show their fans some sort of progress after spending big money in the summer.

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