Gary Cahill labelled ‘one of the worst defenders in one-v-ones’

Date published: Monday 19th June 2017 11:03

Chelsea star Gary Cahill is ‘one of the worst defenders I’ve seen in one-v-one situations’, according to a former Stoke left-back.

Cahill captained the Blues to a second Premier League crown in two years as he formed part of a successful back three with David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta.

The 31-year-old former Bolton star has come in for some criticism in recent weeks, however, after a shocking performance for England in their loss to 10-man France.

Mike Pejic, who was on Stoke’s books from Stoke from 1968 until 1976, is clearly not a fan and said he felt sorry for Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland during that France clash.

“The one big positive for us was the re-appearance of Butland for his country after more than a year away through injury,” he wrote for the Stoke Sentinel.

“But I felt sorry for him after he came on for the second half of that 3-2 defeat (against 10 men!) in Paris on Tuesday evening.

“I felt sorry for him having to play behind a player like Gary Cahill, one of the worst defenders I’ve seen in one-v-one situations.

“He gets so easily exposed and it was him, as much as David Luiz, who needed the protection of a three-man defence in that Chelsea rearguard last season.

“Chelsea boss Antonio Conte deserves a medal – possibly Cahill’s title-winning medal – for spotting so quickly that Luiz AND Cahill needed such protection.”

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