His name is Gary James Cahill and the WAGNH community have responded about what they liked and disliked about the man who went from relegation to winning the Champions League in 6 months.
What you loved:
- 2013-14 season: He has really improved in his first season under Jose Mourinho. He started out as a 4th choice centre-back but ended up with a place secured in the first team. He has ironed out loads of mistakes and the Cahill-Terry partnership was fantastic.
- Technique - Not afraid to play the ball out of defence. Runs forward at times and has a brilliant shot in him. kiruha felt that Cahill could even become the English Zlatan. His goal against Tottenham was special.
- Heading Ability - He's a tall, physically imposing centre back and is a brilliant attacking set piece option. Also, he doesn't often gets beaten defensively on headers and has gotten a decent amount of goals for the club.
- Last-Ditch Tackles - His last-ditch tackles are the stuff of legend. The reason they are not higher in this list is because they're mostly him heroically rectifying his mistakes.
- 19.5.12 - He was part of the brilliant defence on THAT night.
Best comment goes to Thyago:
Biased heavily as I gave him a 10
But I feel he does deserve it in a way. He started the season unsure of how Jose would view him ahead of Jt and Luiz who came off a brilliant confeds cup run. Got into the team and never looked like he'd ever go out again. He stopped backing up during attacks and started closing down defenders and spacing them out. His goalscoring form may have not been as prolific as last season but he was always a constant menace in the air. His reaction defender moniker is slowly fading and in due time I believe he'll turn into a complete defender as JT is. I'd put him on par with ave interms of growth shown this season. I only hope he keeps it up at this rate.
What you loathed:
- Dependent on Terry - Dependent may be a strong word but it's a fact that he looks his best with John Terry alongside him and him being the more proactive defender. He doesn't seem to be as good with Ivanovic, Luiz or Jagielka alongside him. This is worrying as Terry has probably a couple of seasons max left in him at the top; Cahill will need to get better during that time - he has the potential to succeed Terry.
- Tendency to Back Off - He has improved in this regard under Mourinho but he still has shown a tendency to step out and block the shot rather than get forward. The same is the result as he has at times been guilty of breaking the offside trap.
- Positioning - Still suspect at times positionally. Has improved in this regard, too, but his positioning and tendency to back off leads to him making those last-ditch tackles.
- Future - If Terry's replacement is an aggressive centre-back, then you may feel Cahill's time will be up soon too - unless he improves in this area in the next 1-2 seasons.
Best comment goes to benjamintaylor:
Where he struggles is in his positioning and aggression. He often ends up having to make last-ditch, goal saving tackles because of a basic positional error. I also agree with Norzinni above that he is made to look better by playing with Terry. Alongside Jagielka or anybody else in the England setup, his weaknesses are far more obvious (see: the Italy game from Saturday).
I still think Gaz is a top class centre back and I'll feel very sorry for him if we do sign a shiny new centre back like Varane. He's earned his starting spot and deserves to keep it, for at least another season.
Conclusion: Cahill has been one of the shining lights of Mourinho's first season. He has shown a massive improvement and his partnership with Terry is brilliant. However, Terry hides his weaknesses well which show up with aggressive centre-back partners and Cahill will have to improve in that regard if he is to keep a starting spot in the post-Terry era.
In the poll, Cahill's average rating turns out to be 8.0. Highest so far and reflects his improvement in this campgain. In WAGNH's community ratings, Cahill was rated 6.9. Also, of note that for Cahill no-one voted a 3 or lower.
We will use a poll now to decide the next player voted. If it's a tie, it's my choice whoever is chosen. If you want someone else, mention in the comments (and vote the option "Anyone else" so I can see how many of you want a different player - and if someone has mentioned the name of the player in a comment you want then rec his comment).
Note: It's been a timid response this time for Gary Cahill's evaluation. Hopefully this was an aberration rather than something of substance. Also, I was a little busy that's why the delay in Cahill's evaluation.
Oscar is the next to be evaluated. Click here to see his initial thread and evaluate him.