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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.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 19 2007

Time: 12:30PM

Your Comments

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.
johnnyuk
I would be disappointed to see him leave. I feel he has bags of potential and is as good a prospect as Davies.
notthedougellisstand
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.
krfeskivilla
Id be gutted if he left and would rather he was playing instead on Knight.Dont blame him if he wants to go.
Pking
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.
BobTheBuilder
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.
GCR_villlan
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.
fromthelane
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
PTP
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.
krfeskivilla
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....
gmvillan
Cahill will continue to be linked to Sheff Utd cos he is from there, but his future should be with us.
Madirish
I fully understand and appreciate Gary's desire for regular first team football, something which looks a little out of reach at Villa Park right now, but I will be very, very sorry to see him leave the club in a permanent deal. Have to trust that MON knows what he's doing, but I really believe that young Cahill will develop into a top player, and hopefully we will be seeing him at B6 for a few more seasons to come.
glensider
We seem good at letting half decent players leave for a nominal fee the bring in a player of no better quality for a Vast sum. this madness must stop. Martin has wasted our money on the Centre halfs when other areas were the priority I hope we hang onto Gary lets sell Curtis what a waste of money
FatKev
Disagree about Curtis Davies. Talk about writing a player off before giving him a decent chance to prove and establish himself. He came to us highly rated by many top judges, and hasn't become a bad player overnight.
glensider
I don't know what all the fuss about Cahill is, the only clubs in for him are the relegation fodder ! It's not as if he hasn't played in the prem , Mon has seen him many times and decided Zat and Curtis are both better . He's not a promising 18 year old he's 22 how much longer is the manager supposed to give him to turn into Martin Laursen ? If he was being tracked by the likes of Chelsea Liverpool etc I'd be thinking I'd missed something . Most of you think MON is the man yet question his every move from Transfers to team selection ? Has he let any world beaters go yet ? No!
Villan57
 

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