One of the more unusual moves of the Martin O’Neill era was the decision to let Gary Cahill leave Villa & join Bolton for a mere £5 million pounds.
As O’Neill looked to build upon a side eager to break into the top six of the Premier League and genuinely challenge [remember that?], it defied belief that Cahill was dumped in favour of a alternatives such as Zat Knight.
Whilst a remote rumour, Villa have been linked with the Chelsea man.
Cahill is out of contract in the summer of 2019, hasn’t featured for Chelsea this term as yet and may even be subject to speculative interest as early as the January window. Loan with a view to a permanent deal, anyone?
Villa’s central defensive position remains a cause for concern.
With Mile Jedinak an unorthodox partner for James Chester, Tommy Elphick banished on loan to Hull and John Terry a non starter financially & Axel Tuanzebe a rookie, Cahill would obviously represent a significant and welcome upgrade.
With that said, the 32 year old is reported to be coveted by current Premier League side Watford, as well as Ligue 1 outfits Marseille and Bordeaux.
Cahill is of course best remembered for rising through the ranks at Villa, establishing himself in the first team before dispatching Blues in the Birmingham derby, scoring a memorable bicycle kick at The Holte End. Villa won the encounter 3-1 in 2006 [seems like yesterday??].
After joining Bolton in 2008, Cahill went on to develop over four further seasons before joining Chelsea where he has won all domestic and European honours, in addition to 60 caps full caps for England.