Aston Villa currently lies in 8th place in the Championship. They are four points off a play-off place but ten points behind the automatic promotion spots. The odds of Premier League football being played at Villa Park next season are getting tougher as the festive period nears.
Villa are priced at 7/2 to achieve promotion across iPhone and Android betting apps, and with the current defensive record of Dean Smith’s men, you can see why bookmakers remain unconvinced about their chances of going up.
Villa have conceded more goals than any other side in the Championship top 14 after 21 games so far this season. If they are to challenge for promotion, then something has to be done to rectify their back line.
Luckily for Smith, we are just over a fortnight away from the January transfer window.
Reports suggest that veteran Chelsea defender and former Villa academy star Gary Cahill is being linked with a move back to his old club in January. The 32-year-old is reportedly growing increasingly discontent with watching from the bench at Stamford Bridge.
Cahill, in fact, turns 33 on December 19th and will surely be aware that has only a few years left of playing football at the highest level. Luckily for the former England international, bookies are convinced that he will get a move away from the Bridge in the New Year. Odds on Cahill leaving Chelsea currently are 4/7 with Ladbrokes. Among the clubs looking to sign him, Villa are the favourites at 7/4.
It’s easy to see why a move back to Villa would be mutually beneficial for both the player and the club. Cahill would be guaranteed to be a regular starter at Villa and he would be going back to where his career all started. The place where he spent eight years between 2000 and 2008. He would also get the opportunity to once again work with former teammate and current Villa assistant manager John Terry.
Upgrade for Villa
For Villa meanwhile, well Cahill would be a considerable upgrade on their current options at centre-back. His experienced head and class may well plug the gaps in their costly defence, in the process providing the catalyst for a genuine promotion push.
With Cahill’s current Chelsea contract running out at the end of this season, Villa may also be able to secure his services for a relative bargain. Chelsea will surely not want to risk losing the player on a free come the summer.
There remains a long way to go in this Championship season. If Villa can sign Cahill, they may just be keeping their promotion hopes alive.