You get the feeling that should Tim Cahill have chosen another sport during his childhood in Australia, be it cricket, Aussie rules or rugby, he would have excelled at all of them.
You see Tim is undoubtably one of lifes 'winners' when it comes to sport.
You recognise them in all walks of life, sheer guts and determination and an absolute belief that whatever life throws at them in the way of adversity, they will overcome it.
By design or otherwise, Moyes has assembled a team of very strong characters (albeit it has taken five years to do so).
For example, the current Everton side has Howard, Lescott, Stubbs, Carsley, Cahill, Neville to name six who really are not just seasoned pros, but guys who lead by example.
I don't think you are likely to see any of them in a tabloid headlines boozed up at 3am in the morning falling out of a nightclub.
It's this spirit or backbone in the team which has helped us through a gruelling fixture list of late.
By comparison, the great eighties side had Southall, Ratcliffe, Sharp, Reid, and Gray who were the backbone of the side and resolute characters to boot.
I believe Everton and Moyes now stand on the threshold of becoming a very, very, good side.
We are I believe, probably three players short of seriously challenging for a regular 'top four' slot.
It's been well documented, but a right full back, dominant ball playing mid-fielder, and a winger with genuine pace would fit the bill, whether we can bring them on board this season remains doubtful, but the signing on long term contracts of Arteta, Cahill etc will only help and stabilise the current squad.
However, it is absolutely important we move forward as a football club and don't settle for the staus quo.
Watch this space.
Steve Hogan, Posted 12/11/2007 at 17:04:01
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