Since arriving at Chelsea, Gary Cahill has won the Premier League title on two separate occasions.
He was part of Jose Mourinho’s title-winning side, and was vital to Antonio Conte’s back-three that proved so important.
But ever since Maurizio Sarri arrived at Stamford Bridge, Cahill has been surplus to requirement.
Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz have been Sarri’s centre-back pairing of choice in Premier League fixtures.
That means that both Cahill and Andreas Christensen have to settle for playing in the EFL Cup or Europa League.
But after Luiz’s horror show in Chelsea’s 3-1 hammering by Tottenham, people have began to raise questions over his possible longevity as a Chelsea defender.
And after Cahill’s excellent performance in the Europa League on Thursday night, perhaps it’s time to give him a chance in the league.
Granted Chelsea were playing against 10 men for the majority of the game, but Cahill still looked solid.
He was part of the reason Kept Arrizabalaga did not face any shots on target, making two perfect last-ditch tackles.
On the back of that performance and facing a physical player like Aleksandar Mitrović, Cahill should start ahead of Luiz.