‘He’s got a wealth of experience’ – Parker on Cahill’s change in role at Cherries

GARY Cahill’s role at Cherries has changed since the former Chelsea defender joined the Dorset club this summer, according to his boss Scott Parker.

Former England international Cahill has missed 400 Premier League appearances, playing 394 times in the English top flight, alongside 61 caps for his country.

After arriving in Dorset last summer, Cahill has featured in 22 of Cherries’ 25 league games. Since seeing red at Barnsley in late January, Cahill has seen no playing time, either left on the bench or omitted altogether.

It seems Parker thinks the 36-year-old currently offers more off the pitch than on it, with Cahill seemingly the third choice behind Lloyd Kelly and Nat Phillips.

Speaking of his veteran centre-half, Parker said: “Certainly right now, obviously Gaz hasn’t played as much as he probably would like.

“And what I ask of Gas is very different from what he was, maybe at the beginning when he was playing.

“That doesn’t mean he won’t be in this team in a week, in two weeks.

“Of course he is. But I certainly think he’s definitely a player that I’m looking to bring a different side to him while helping his team, really helping him through this moment.

“He’s that voice in that locker room to have whether you’re playing or not playing.

“He has vast experience and could play an important role in getting us over the line.”

Despite winning some of the game’s greatest honors, such as two Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy, Cahill has never won promotion from the English second tier.

The Chelsea captain has now played 65 games for Burnley, Cherries and Sheffield United, but most of his career has been at the top level of the game with Aston Villa, Bolton and the aforementioned Chelsea.

Rebecca R. Santistevan