Gary Cahill has transitioned from an unknown quantity into an astute and viable defenseman.
Cahill could be the one to watch this coming season in the Premier League.
Cahill received his first cap for England last year, making his mark on the pitch and coming away with two international goals, one he scored against Holland and the other against Bulgaria.
Although Cahill missed Euro 2012 because of a broken jaw due to a collision with Joe Hart, his season was still successful despite the injuries he picked up throughout the season.
Here are five reasons why Gary Cahill will be a star defender for Chelsea in 2012.
Although Cahill is a defender, he has proven that he can deliver in numerous other areas.
Cahill scored two goals for Chelsea in 19 games, while also adding to England's goal count when he scored a goal against Holland and another against Bulgaria.
This is an impressive feat for a central defender, but it is Cahill’s powerful heading ability that allows him to command the ball while attacking and not only defending.
Cahill is not afraid to go for goals, and looks comfortable in front of the net, unlike many defenders who are not as versatile when out of their comfort zone.
Cahill is definitely a quick mover when on the pitch. On and off the ball, Cahill is quick-footed, and is an intelligent player.
Cahill is a covering defenseman, meaning he stands off the player in front, but still manages to clear the ball rapidly.
Cahill is a very dominant player, stylistically speaking.
Although Cahill stands off his players, does not tackle constantly and is not as aggressive as David Luis, he does get the job done.
Cahill is an accurate tackler, and he knows how to use space.
Cahill is skilled in the off-sides won category of the game and is likely to be the deepest defender back when his opponents are red flagged for an offside call.
Cahill was noted for being the deepest defender back 1.9 times more than any other player in the league in 2011.
John Terry and Gary Cahill seem to compliment one another on the pitch.
Although John Terry is a prolific defender in is own right,his presence has helped Gary Cahill grow. Cahill learned a lot from Terry's presence last season and flourished as a player.
Terry and Cahill are quite similar in some respects, They are both perceptive players, knowing how to work the back line.
"They're clearly both top players, that's the first thing," said Frank Lampard when asked to consider his club-mates' attributes. "As soon as they were put together, they complemented each other straight away, and there are similarities to their games. They are determined. They both throw their bodies in the way to make the blocks. They put their bodies on the line. The home game in the semi-final with Barcelona was a great example of that. I don't want to take anything away from the other players in our squad, and there is competition for places, but, at Chelsea, as a partnership they've worked very well."
Although Cahill is 26, he is still developing as a player.
Since Cahill has moved up the ranks playing with a top side, he has thrived alongside top players.