BARRY CAHILL is backing Dublin's talent-laden bench to give them the winning edge against Kildare this weekend.
And according to the recently retired Dublin star, the presence of proven All-Ireland winners among Jim Gavin's back-up talent could ultimately prove decisive in their quest for Sam.
"They've been the form team in the country this year and, probably alongside Donegal now, they're a lot of people's favourites for the All-Ireland," Cahill told the Herald ahead of Sunday's Leinster SFC semi-final at Croke Park.
"Up front they've a huge amount of quality and, even looking at the bench, there's five or six lads there - the likes of Kevin McManamon, Bryan Cullen and Alan Brogan who's nearly fit again, Eoghan O'Gara - these guys would make the starting team for a lot of counties.
"They've been a bit exposed at the back at stages during the league, they've probably conceded a couple more goal chances than they'd normally do, and it's an area they may have to tighten up a small bit going forward in the summer.
"But generally they couldn't really have done much more than what they've done up to now."
Cahill conceded Gavin may have to compromise on playing "six forwards who can score" by adapting a more pragmatic approach at the business end of the championship. But he added: "It's been working and they're racking up big scores."