Bolton Club Focus – Cahill presents dilemma for Trotters

After watching Liverpool’s 3-1 demolition of Bolton on Saturday it was very clear that if Bolton are going to even think about pushing on and developing this season, they must keep their current squad intact and possibly add to it. Regardless of the score line, defender Gary Cahill showed why he’s a wanted man this summer and helped keep the margin of victory from being even greater. The last thing that Owen Coyle needs is his star man heading for the exit door, particularly with the end of the transfer window only days away, making finding an adequate replacement a daunting prospect.

Coyle has made it very clear that he will not be allowing Cahill to leave for a penny less than he values him at saying: “I think Gary could play for anybody, so my valuation would be higher than anybody’s.” This statement, alongside the fact that Cahill is in fact going into the last year of his contract, meaning he could potentially leave for nothing at the end of the season, highlights just how important Coyle believes the English central defender to be. Most managers would do the sensible thing and cash in now.

While Cahill can still be sold at a decent price, it is very clear that Coyle really does not want to do this. This summer the emphasis has really been placed upon adding attackers to the squad and the manager will obviously not want a defensive dilemma right at the beginning of the season. However, it looks as though he will have a real fight on his hands to keep Cahill at the club if the right offer comes in with teams like Arsenal, who have already had a bid for the player rejected, showing a great deal of need for Cahill’s qualities. It will certainly be a challenge to prevent his departure. The arrival of Man City defender Dedryck Boyata on a season-long loan could ease the pain if Cahill were to depart, however it would leave him short of the same kind of quality at the back.

Coyle has made it clear that he understands Cahill’s ambition to play at a higher level but that is exactly why he needs to keep him around, with Bolton striving to reach new heights – something that would be impossible if the club were to lose its best players. However if selling does seem to be the right thing to for the player’s ambition and the club’s finances it is important that Bolton looks to cash in at the right price.

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