Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Have Bolton's Three Straight Losses Damaged Gary Cahill's Stock

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(Bleacher Report) Gary Cahill opened the season on a high by scoring in Bolton Wanderers 4-0 defeat of Queens Park Rangers on opening day. His brilliant strike was one of the best of the opening weekend as far as taking advantage of a scoring opportunity.

However, since that match the Trotters have gone down hill suffering three straight losses and pushing them down the table. Although the opposition in both Manchester clubs was top class, it is still a disappointment for the club not to have taken anything from the matches.

Cahill was subject of mountains of transfer speculation the summer, and was believed to be destined for a deadline day signing by Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman instead opted for the signing of Per Mertesacker as the big German came in for about half of the cost that Cahill was expected to demand.

Come January Cahill still could be on the Gunners managerial wish list if he can keep performing at a top level. Despite the three losses Bolton have never given up in any of the matches and have made some bright attacks but are still lacking cohesion and finishing touch.

One thing that is certain is that Cahill is a huge part of Owen Coyle's plans at Bolton, but at 25 years old the player is likely wanting to take his play to the next level for a major club.

That desire and his hopes for the upcoming UEFA European Championship in Summer could prompt him to try and force through a move in January if Arsenal or any club make a move.

In the long run these first several losses will not affect his value, but if his play dips with the clubs for a long period of time people will start to ask questions of the lad.
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