Aston Villa are one of the Championship sides being linked with a surprise move for England defender Gary Cahill this winter, ten years after he left the club for Bolton Wanderers.
The 32-year old is seemingly unhappy at his limited involvement at Stamford Bridge, and Villa have been named alongside Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester United as possible suitors, should he opt for a winter move.
Villa’s defensive issues are well documented, they’ve been left with only one recognised centre back after a haphazard summer of recruitment, meaning they’re relying on free agents or out of position players to get them through.
There’s no doubt they need a central defender but is that defender Cahill? Our panel of FLW experts discuss whether this would be a good move for Villa.
It would be a return that would galvanise the club who are in the doldrums at the moment after a bad run of form.
Should Cahill return then he would surely solve the defensive issue the Villa Park club currently have.
I would be more optimistic with him at the back than Mile Jedinak.
He would be the perfect signing right now.
They have struggled immensely without John Terry and Cahill would replace him perfectly.
My concern here is FFP. Cahill wouldn’t be cheap and Villa are already dicing with death when it comes to a points deduction.
Would his capture be worth a 12-point deficit next season? Clearly not.
Maybe if they moved Grealish on, plus got a decent fee for someone such as Scott Hogan, it would be achievable.
Otherwise, I suspect they might have to let it pass them by.