Cahill out to silence critics

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is out to silence the critics who don't believe he can solve the defensive problems at Stamford Bridge.

The £7 million signing from Bolton Wanderers watched from the stands yesterday as the Blues kept a clean sheet against Norwich, but were unable to take their chances in a 0-0 draw against Paul Lambert's side at Carrow Road.

David Luiz, who was involved against the Canaries, has been heavily criticised for his performances this season, with some high-profile pundits particularly questioning the Brazilian's credentials as a centre back.

Should England international Cahill get his first chance from Andre Villas-Boas against QPR in the FA Cup next weekend, he expects the spotlight to quickly be turned on him, but is in no doubt that he can step-up to the standard required.

"I'll be under the microscope more now, especially when I make mistakes. I saw what was said on Match of the Day and people are entitled to their opinion. I don't have a problem with that," he told the Sunday People in reference to comments from Alan Hansen.

"Sometimes though if people don't watch you every week they just see results and it affects their opinion. If people do criticise me here I won't take it to heart, that's for sure. All that will happen if people doubt me now is that I will prove them wrong.

"I've never had anything easy. Even when I have been with England's younger age groups I was a third or fourth-choice selection. I'm ready for everything that comes with this new challenge."

Cahill was heavily linked with a move away from the Reebok Stadium throughout the beginning of the current campaign, with the former Aston Villa starlet rejecting the chance to sign a new deal with the Trotters.

After Tottenham Hotspur failed to secure a deal in the summer, Chelsea moved first for the player in the New Year, and landed the 26-year-old in a cut-price deal with Cahill's contract set to expire at the end of the season.

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