LOOKING BACK: NO 24

Posted on: Thu 05 Jul 2012

There is little doubt that the 2011/12 campaign will hold a special place in the heart of Gary Cahill, perhaps even more than some of his teammates.

After joining the club in January, in the midst of a poor run of results, Cahill was handed his debut against Manchester United in a game we conspired to throw away a 3-0 lead.

His Champions League debut, away in Napoli, was a steep learning curve, as an inexperienced Chelsea side were taken apart, fortunate to lose only 3-1 on the night.

However, with John Terry injured, Cahill was given more game time, and his partnership with the Brazilian David Luiz began to flourish, while the goalscoring form he was renowned for at his former club Bolton Wanderers shone through with strikes against Leicester and Manchester City.

Terry's return to the side, coupled with an injury sustained by David Luiz, ensured Cahill kept his place in the side, and alongside the skipper he produced his best form in a Chelsea shirt, with the Barcelona game at Stamford Bridge his finest display.

The return leg, however, saw him withdrawn early in the match after suffering an injury, ruling him out of the final month of the league campaign as well as the FA Cup Final.

However, after beginning the season in a struggling Bolton Wanderers side, Cahill's campaign ended in the most dramatic fashion, when he played the full 120 minutes of the Champions League Final in Munich having been passed fit in the week leading up to the game.

Appearances: 16+3
Goals: 2
Assists: 1
Minutes on pitch: 1,596