It’s a story which probably has no legs given the publication reporting it but Sunday brought suggestions that Crystal Palace are eyeing up a loan move for Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.
The story itself originates from the Sun on Sunday and suggests that Scott Dann could move to Craven Cottage once Cahill arrives in SE25, all of which sounds far from feasible to me. Quite why Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff would look to use one of the club’s precious loan slots on an ageing central defender when it’s quite clear that the bodies we need are in midfield and attack is anyone’s guess but then, given the reputation of the paper it was printed in, we should hardly be surprised.
I won’t be linking to the paper itself as I refuse to give them any direct web traffic but on the face of things, this feels like a rumour thought up by a staff writer who’s been tasked with filling a transfer gossip column in time for a Saturday night deadline. First and foremost, I’m 99% sure that Scott Dann is a superior defender to Gary Cahill, quite aside from the fact that with the likes of James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Kelly in front of him, Cahill simply wouldn’t be afforded any game-time, were he to make a short-term switch to Selhurst Park.
I don’t doubt that the former Stamford Bridge regular is keen to get away from the Fulham Road, where he’s played just 561 minutes of football this season (21 in the Premier League) but he’ll be in for a shock if he expects to turf up at Beckenham and walk straight into the Palace starting XI. If he has indeed turned down the chance to join Fulham, I can’t help but feel as though he’s overrating his chances of success elsewhere but that’s his call to make.
For now, I think we can file this particular story in the “unlikely” folder. If it comes to fruition, it’s safe to say that I won’t be best pleased.