Christmas may be on its way but so is the January transfer window. It’s a time when struggling sides can try to rescue themselves with new signings. Also, though, it’s the perfect opportunity for players who spend most of their time sitting on the bench to get a new team. Therefore, Southampton and Gary Cahill looks a perfect marriage.
Southampton have been struggling for a couple of seasons now, it’s what happens when you sell your best players. Only a late surge in form saved them from relegation last season and this season is no better.
Just the one league win this season and home form is a nightmare with just one league win in 2018. They recently sacked their manager Mark Hughes and replaced him with Ralph Hasenhutti, who has no experience in the Premier League.
There are two main problems for Southampton that must be solved if they want to stay up. Just 13 league goals and 30 conceded. Perhaps the answer to their defensive woes lies on the bench at Chelsea.
Life on the Bench
Gary Cahill joined Chelsea six years ago but has only played seven games this season and just one of those has been in the Premier League. In the past six previous seasons, the lowest number of games he’s played for Chelsea is 37 and he knows he’ll get nowhere near that figure this season if staying at Stamford Bridge. He’s made it clear a move in January would be in his best interests.
He turns 33 on December 19 but still has plenty to offer, not least his experience that could steady a shaky defence. A new start is needed for the England international and a move to Southampton in January could well be the answer. You can get odds of 12/1 at SkyBet on that happening in January and it looks a move that’ll help both parties.
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