Is Gary Cahill the the man to buy in January and not a central midfielder? For most Reds the answer is something along the lines of ‘I think you’ll find he’s a centre half, not a central midfielder!’ which is quite correct too! Yet I feel with the injury to our captain, Nemanja Vidic this is an area that needs more cover! With Rio’s fitness constantly a hot topic for discussion I don’t feel 100% that he’ll be fit from one game to the next.
With these two both missing it’s down to the kids to fill in (Or Michael Carrick) and in the big games come squeaky bum time, I’m not sure that’ll be enough. Having Cahill on the books could also strengthen the midfield by freeing Phil Jones to be used in there, as well as ltting Carrick worry about his midfield duties and not the dread chat with Sir Alex ”Michael, I need you to do a job at centre half” again. With his contract running out in the summer and the stalling negotiations with Chelsea it would seem like a good bit of business! I have however read that Cahill’s demands are a modest signing on fee of of £4,000,000!!! And £100,000 a week in wages after that, a little more than I’d have expected him to be worth. For me if we sign a central midfielder, I don’t want another cheap stopgap, I’d rather get the real deal and history would suggest that these deals are best left to summer to allow the marquee signing a preseason at the club to settle in.
With Cahill coming from Bolton, he has plenty of Premier League experience, and is an England International used to our food, weather, culture etc. There’s also the returns of Anderson (looking sharp with his new haircut) and Tom Cleverley, a man that improves every time he enters a football field! Don’t get me wrong Luka Modric if you do happen to read this, I think you’d look fantastic in red, but that’s for another discussion!