Gary Cahill has just brought an end to his Chelsea career. After seven years at Stamford Bridge, the defender is set to become a free agent.

Naturally, a number of teams are already lining up to sign the former Wanderers defender.

But wouldn’t it be great if the Champions League winner put any money worries aside and signed for Bolton once again?

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Wanderers’ defence has last season was, for want of a better word, awful. Against most teams, Bolton’s back-line always looked a step off the pace.

Sure at 33 years of age Cahill is no longer a spring chicken but I’m certain he’d be a calm-headed, sure-footed player even now.

In his four years at Bolton, Gary Cahill was always a cut above his colleagues and Wanderers were a far weaker side without him.

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Cahill’s Bolton career

Bolton signed the immensely talented centre-back from Aston Villa in 2008.

Cahill signed for the club in January as Gary Megson’s side hoped to avoid relegation.

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The defender was present in 13 league games as Wanderers beat the drop with a final day draw at Chelsea. Cahill also played a role in Bolton’s UEFA Cup campaign that season too, playing in all four knockout games against Atletico Madrid and Sporting Lisbon.

Cahill became a mainstay in Gary Megson’s team in 2008/09 and kept his place when Owen Coyle took charge in 2010.

While several members of Bolton’s defence came and went, Cahill was ever-present.

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His level-headed defending impressed many as did his passing ability. Unlike Bolton’s current defenders, Gary Cahill avoided lumping the ball up field at the first chance he got.

A lot of Cahill’s Bolton career featured speculation of a move away. The defender became a key target for both Arsenal and Chelsea by 2011.

Sadly for the Trotters, they couldn’t keep Cahill when Chelsea came calling in January 2012.

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In total, Gary Cahill racked up 147 appearances for the whites in a four year spell at the club. In that time, the defender also got on the score sheet an impressive 15 times.

Even in his final game for the club, Cahill notched the winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Everton.

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You have to wonder if Bolton had kept Gary Cahill, whether or not they would have avoided relegation to the Championship.

Cahill’s career after Bolton

While Cahill’s departure from the Reebok spelled disaster for Bolton, Chelsea flourished with their new purchase

The defender has only played for Chelsea since signing in 2012.

In his first six months at Chelsea, Cahill picked up not only the FA Cup but the Champions League too.

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He was an instant fixture in the side and has kept his place through several managerial changes during his seven years at the club.

Gary Cahill is the first player we’ve featured in our legends series who’s still playing. Although he’s only played one league game for Chelsea this season as Maurizio Sarri has favoured other options in defence.

Cahill’s contract runs out at Chelsea in June, meaning the two-time Premier League winner will be without a team if his contract is not renewed.

Maybe Phil Parkinson – if he’s still Bolton manager by the end of the season – should consider trying to persuade Cahill to return. Not that Bolton will be able to afford his wages. But it’s fun to dream.

If you liked this article, check out our pieces on John McGinaly, Ivan Campo and Jussi Jaaskelainen and why we’d love them back at Bolton.

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