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What does the future hold for Gary Cahill at Chelsea?

Gary Cahill has been a massive success at Chelsea since joining the London club back in 2012.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, he has won a host of honours including both the Premier League and Champions League while being a largely consistent performer under various managers such as Antonio Conte.

In the Italian’s first of two seasons in the Stamford Bridge dugout, Cahill played on the left side of a three-man defence that was pivotal in the Blues’ 2016/17 Premier League title triumph.

Like the majority of the team, however, Cahill was unable to produce the same kind of performances the following campaign and eventually lost his left centre-back spot to Antonio Rudiger.

The inactive England international, though, is an adaptable fighter and was quickly installed back into the starting XI, but this time at the heart of Conte’s back three where he was able to help guide the club to their eighth FA Cup trophy.

But with Maurizio Sarri now at the helm, Cahill has since lost his starting position again with a way back in on a regular basis looking almost unimaginable.

Cahill is not a central defender built in the same mould as his other central defensive team-mates. The former Bolton man cannot spray an accurate diagonal ball into Eden Hazard or Pedro as frequently as David Luiz, nor can he bring the ball out of the defence like Rudiger.

Simply put, Cahill does not have the technical ability or pace to play in a Maurizio Sarri backline, and a move in January when the transfer window opens now looks highly likely with the current Chelsea skipper himself admitting a change of scenery could be best for everyone.

“I don’t want to jump the gun, but as things stand, probably yes,” Cahill told publications such as the Daily Mail when asked if he could leave Chelsea in the new year if his situation has not changed.

As far as potential destinations go for Cahill, a move to Chelsea’s west London rivals Fulham could be just what the centre-half and newly-promoted Premier League team need.

While Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is also keen for his team to play out from the back, his side have looked defensively vulnerable despite the signings of Alfie Mawson and Calum Chambers, something the addition of Cahill would help fix.

He certainly has his weaknesses, but Cahill is still a very capable and solid defender on his day with a vast amount of Premier League experience.

At Fulham, Cahill would be able to continue playing in English football’s top division in an exciting and promising outfit. And in return, the Cottagers would be getting a player who would practically guarantee survival for them in the Premier League.

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