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Is Gary Cahill Set To Leave Villa?

Is Gary Cahill Set To Leave Villa?

Gary Cahill is refusing to rule out a January transfer window move to Sheffield United, where he has just spent a very enjoyable and successful loan with.

Likewise, Martin O'Neill seems in no rush to let the young defender leave Aston Villa.

At least things are simple with Sorensen!

Speaking on the official site, Martin O'Neill explained:

'Gary's situation was that he could spend 30 days or 90 days on loan at Sheffield United and he has come back here for the Christmas programme.

'But I will sit down with him and talk with him.

'There is more than a measured interest in him because he's done very well at Sheffield United and that was always going to be the case anyway, but we will make that decision.

'There's quite a substantial amount of interest in him and I think Gary is aware of that because people have been speaking to his agent, so I will certainly be sitting down with him in the lead-up to the games.

'No one can do anything until January anyway as regards wanting to take him.

'Gary's situation is totally different to that of Martin Laursen and Olof Mellberg. Everything will be judged on its merits.

'I will sit down with Gary and see what particular views he's got and I'll put forward my own particular views.'

O'Neill also admitted that Cahill wil have to undergo minor surgery:

'He's back with us but he has to have a minor operation - it's just a little thing on the side of his face, but it will only be a matter of days before he is fit.'

Would that be his cheek by any chance?

To be honest after reading MON's quotes my first thought was he's returned for surgery, and will most likely be let out on a short term loan again where Villa can keep a recall option in place if needed although the 'merits' comment will no doubt be read differently by everybody.

However when you read Cahill's words, a few other questions jump out at you:

'It's hard for me to say because O'Neill holds all the cards at the end of the day.

'I've been to see him five or six times on a one-to-one basis and I won't hesitate to go and see him again if that's what I have to do. He's very approachable and he'll tell you exactly what he thinks.

'Before I came here he never said I was surplus to requirements because obviously I'm a young player and there were more experienced players in front of me at the time.

'But being a fringe player is not part of my make up. Even at a young age I want to be playing week in week out.'

Now have these been taken out of context by United's site to make it sound like the player wants a permanent move, OR it is simply a reponse to asking whether he would be coming back on a loan?

The last comment is both ambitious, showing drive but I wonder how long it'll take some fans to start questionning his loyalty and suggesting he's s little upstart?

O'Neill knows he would have no trouble commanding a decent fee for Cahill, but why would he want to allow such a talented player to leave. All throughout he seems to be an admirer of Cahill, and although you can question why Knight starts and Cahill doesn't, we all know Cahill isn't a finished product so more experience will certainly do him no harm.

Cahill also hasn't given any suggestions of leaving, he just wants to be playing and seems perfectly happy doing that whilst onloan.

For those with long memories, very similar stories circulated when he spent a few months at Burnley, so should we read much into this. Nah, enjoy your Christmas and take a few days off from the conspiracy theories, as there certainly isn't one worth pursuing here.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Wednesday December 19 2007
Time: 12:30PM


I think it's great that so many of our players are hungry to play football, but they also need to be the ones forcing themselves into our team rather than moaning about not getting first team football. IF they were good enough, they'd play, simple as. I hope Gary stays but if he doesn't, i don't think it's because MON has told him he can just up and leave.
19/12/2007 13:07:00
I would be disappointed to see him leave. I feel he has bags of potential and is as good a prospect as Davies.
19/12/2007 13:10:00
I really rate Cahill. I think Olof will go, and hopefully Laursen will stay. You need four centre backs (with Knight and Davies). Me thinks another loan period for Cahill but a major part of the team in the 2008-9 season.
19/12/2007 13:17:00
Id be gutted if he left and would rather he was playing instead on Knight.Dont blame him if he wants to go.
19/12/2007 13:30:00
We all seem to admire GC's playing abilities but he is still very young and inexperienced. Sure, he has done really well during his loan period but we should all be aware of the difference between playing Championship and Premiership football. Look how many teams come up each year stuffed with players who have impressed mightily, but who don't make the grade in the Prem. To me, MON has been eminently sensible in trying to keep GC on Villa's books, AND giving him playing experience by sending him on loan, AND having somebody more experienced to keep GC's 'spot' in the first team warm until he is really ready to step up. If GC can see the wisdom in that, he will stay. If he can't he will demand to leave.
19/12/2007 14:25:00
If it was up to me, I would have Cahill back in the team alongside Laursen with Knight in reserve and send Davies back to West Brom at the end of the season. The above is under the assumption that we will sign a proper right back in January and Ollie is leaving.
19/12/2007 14:31:00
We'd love to keep him but I'd be surprised if a lower Prem club doesn't come in for him. Looks a class act.
19/12/2007 14:50:00
He has done well for us when he has played so he's not just Championship material. Evertime I've seen him play for us he has been the one clearing balls off the line and making important tackles. Davies can hop on his bike in my opinion, he's got nothing on Cahill
19/12/2007 15:02:00
Be fair to Davies, we haven't really seen him yet. My Baggie mates reckon once he gets in the team he will be there to stay. They really really rate him. Having said that, I really really rate Cahill as well. In 2-3 years Cahill and Davies could be a top quality defensive pairing once Laursen has finally retired. Keeping both happy ios the problem, because at the moment Laursen is better than both, but is Knight better than either? Not sure. Zat is a reasonable defender, but I don't think as good as GC or from what I have heard as good as CD either.
19/12/2007 15:37:00
Within two seasons our central defensive partnership will be Davies/Cahill, with Zat as reserve and possibly Laursen playing the "Sami Hypia role" as the verteran fill-in. Most centre-backs don;t come into their best years until 27+ because experience is such a key factor. MON's plan is to get these two in at the age of 25/26 but with significantly more experience than those of similar age....
19/12/2007 16:40:00
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