Gary Cahill has been appointed Chelsea captain on a permanent basis, the club have revealed on their official website.
With John Terry spending the majority of the 2016/17 campaign on the bench, Cahill deputised for his compatriot, and what a fine job he did. Cahill led Chelsea to the Premier League title, and got his hands on the trophy in May.
As the Chelsea website report, Cahill will now be Chelsea captain full-time, following the departure of John Terry. It is noted that Cesar Azpilicueta will be the club’s new vice-captain.
There can be no guarantees that Cahill will be sure starter next term, following the arrival of Antonio Rudiger from AS Roma and Andreas Christensen from his two-year loan stint at Borussia Monchengladbach. However, when he does play, he’ll wear the armband.
Cahill spoke to the club’s website about his delight at becoming the new Chelsea captain:
“It’s definitely a proud moment in my career. I’ve had some good moments up until now and this certainly ranks very highly. To be captain of such a huge club like Chelsea is a great personal achievement.”
Cahill is now 31-years-old, so this does look to be a short-sighted appointment. But at the time of writing, few would argue that there is a better candidate for the role.