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Cahill is Superman!

By Anthony Jaras :  27/12/2010 :  Comments (32) :
In my eyes, Tim Cahill has already cemented himself into the Everton Hall of Fame.

Yes, that is a bold, bold statement and no, he has not won anything with us but to me, that makes him all the more special.

Cast your mind back to the summer we signed him. The confusion and then heartbreak over losing the most exciting prospect in world football consumed most Evertonians and after a dire previous season, we finished fourth.  

Little did we know then that the relatively unknown Australian, signed for a paltry sum, would go on to become one of the most effective players ever, in his given position of second striker.

Cahill epitomises everything that we Evertonians have stood for over the past 20 years.  We never give up on the team and neither does he.

Look at the games we have played where all seems lost and up pops Tim, doing what he does best, scrapping until the end to salvage something.  Man Utd, Chelsea (twice), Liverpool on numerous occasions, to give only a few examples of when Tim and his tigerish tenacity has paid off.

I know there are those of you who don't rate Tim, although I will never understand this.  He has carried us all season and I am worried about his January departure massively. This is one of the reasons that I feel it should be one of our top priorities that we tie Tim down to a contract for the rest of his career.

Another bold statement?  Possibly, however, his natural athleticism and pace over six yards means that he will easily play into his mid-thirties at the highest level.  We should act now.

In my opinion, Tim Cahill is our most valuable player by far, followed by Leighton Baines, who is our best left back since the eighties.  I challenge you to think of a better one!

Everton are only two players short of being a top four side and if we can secure a natural right-sided player and a striker that the Yak used to be, the good times can return to Goodison Park.  Even purchasing a 10/15-goal-a-season striker will do as Tim can score the rest himself.  Christ knows, we would all take a 6/9-goal-a-season striker at the moment.

If this happens, Cahill can lead us to glory!!!!

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Trevor Lynes
1   Posted 27/12/2010 at 13:50:47

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For my money, Cahill is a fine midfielder with an ability to score goals and a great work ethic... that's all though!! Pienaar is at least as hard working and controls the ball better.

Arteta is much better on his day and I agree that Baines is the best left back since Ray Wilson.

The glory stuff is WAY over the top and I thought you might finish with a few Zieg Heils!!!

Denis Richardson
2   Posted 27/12/2010 at 13:54:35

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I cannot doubt Cahill's contribution over the last few years but not sure I would go as far as saying he was an Everton legend, just yet.

Icon perhaps... but not legend. Maybe I am being too harsh but we have not actually won anything since 1995 so I would not be using the term 'legend' anytime soon, for any current player.

Bainsey is certainly the best LB we've had for a long long time ? I cannot remmember a better one since I started supporting the Blues back in the '80s, maybe someone can think of one from an earlier time? I have to admit my Everton knowledge before 1983 is shady to say the least!

Lescott did put in a few good stints there and scored some important goals in his time... although he was really a CB.

Don't get me started on David Unsworth!
Mike Bates
3   Posted 27/12/2010 at 13:59:00

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When he goes in January, it means Moyes will either play Bily behind the striker ? a position he plays well for Russia (before he came to us and Moyes tried to make him a winger). Or, Moyes will play 4-4-2 and we might start stringing wins together.

In my opinion the Asia Cup, whatever it is, might see us lose a player, but it could very possibly lead to us finding a team.
Paul Olsen
4   Posted 27/12/2010 at 14:18:26

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Trevor Lynes...

I won´t even start on describing the inefficiency of Mr Pienaar as I have gone there many times before. I'll just state that I support the original poster a hundred times more than I support your notions.
Jamie Barlow
5   Posted 27/12/2010 at 14:37:53

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If Duncan can be classed as a legend, I don't see why Cahill shouldn't.
Jon Ferguson
6   Posted 27/12/2010 at 14:38:15

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Mike Bates ? I hope you are right. I have long said that if Cahill isn't scoring he doesn't bring enough to the table; he has certainly earned his keep this year, but like yourself I have a suspicion our all around play may benefit from his absence.
Brian Waring
7   Posted 27/12/2010 at 14:40:42

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Mike, as you say Bily's best position was playing behind the striker, for both club and country when in Russia. The lad deserves a chance to show us what he can do in his proper position, but I won't hold my breath.

Moyes will conform to his norm, and play someone out of position, we'll probably end up with Neville or Hibbert playing the Cahill role, instead of a ready-made replacement in Bily.
David Hallwood
8   Posted 27/12/2010 at 14:43:51

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Got to agree with Paul Olsen about Pienaar; for an attacking midfielder, he just doesn't produce enough goals. In addition, he's aware the forwards are struggling, he should step up and increase his shots on target, or at least get into the box to make himself available, and scream at the forwards to find some space.

Remember, this is a player who's agent is telling us that he's worth £x amount and I'd ask why, Kranjcar scores more goals, and he can't get into the Spurs starting line-up.
John Daley
9   Posted 27/12/2010 at 15:16:49

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"Moyes will conform to his norm, and play someone out of position, we'll probably end up with Neville or Hibbert playing the Cahill role, instead of a ready-made replacement in Bily."

I'd bet my left nut on Osman being penned in already.
Nelaj Behajiha
10   Posted 27/12/2010 at 15:30:06

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I'm sorry he's overated. Yes he's a goal scorer but to me he's a hinderance to Everton ? he can't conform and play in central midfield so we can't play 4-4-2. He is a great player when we go away to big teams but in home games he's a hinderance due to the way he plays.
Brian Waring
11   Posted 27/12/2010 at 16:17:02

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This is off topic, and I mentioned it the other day on an old thread... but, I see Man City are thinking of loaning out Adam Johnson, and Sunderland have supposedly started the ball rolling. Right-winger, wages of £25k a week... surely must be worth a punt?
Denis Richardson
12   Posted 27/12/2010 at 16:27:53

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Brian - why make such a statement when we already have a ready made goalkeeper who can play right-wing, a left-back who can play up-front and a tea lady who takes a cracking free kick...

Pick players and play them in their proper positions? What do you think this is, football??

David Thomas
13   Posted 27/12/2010 at 16:31:28

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I was going to write a really detailed post on this subject stating how great Tim Cahill is. However, having read Nelaj's post and others, I realised it would be pointless. I personally find it quite embarrassing that there even needs to be any sort of debate on this topic.
Brian Waring
14   Posted 27/12/2010 at 16:44:26

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Denis, I know the tea lady can play on the right, but I thought she had a falling out with Moyes, and like the Yak, has been benched?
Adam Baig
15   Posted 27/12/2010 at 16:44:41

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I would say that, as far as 21st century Everton goes, Cahill is a legend, in the same way Bob Latchford was in his time. There is no doubt that Cahill always turns up in the big games, and if Wayne Rooney was half the Evertonian Tim is, he would be begging Moyes to take him back for no wages.

Surely Cahill is the best pound-for-pound purchase in the club's recent history, and would be up there for the Premier League's best buy.

Paul McGinty
16   Posted 27/12/2010 at 17:00:08

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Cahill is a hindrance! Let's bench him... make every other Premier League manager's New Year.

Sorry Moyesie... someone might come in for him.

Karl Masters
17   Posted 27/12/2010 at 17:23:52

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Tony J Williams
18   Posted 27/12/2010 at 17:45:22

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"he's a hinderance to Everton" ehh? He is the the only big game consistent player we have left in our team.
Ste Traverse
19   Posted 27/12/2010 at 18:21:33

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Despite all he's done for us over the last 6½ years, I find the lack of respect Tim Cahill gets off some Evertonians shocking and sad.
Simon Baines
20   Posted 27/12/2010 at 19:22:28

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I don't think Baines is the best left back since Ray Wilson, I think he might be the best since
Pat van den Hauwe though.
Chris Rudd
21   Posted 27/12/2010 at 19:31:30

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"Apart from his goals what does Cahill do for us?"

I didn't know the Monty Python team followed Toffeeweb. Unbelievable! I just hope Tim doesn't read this shite. Oh for half a dozen others who'd do as little for us.
Peter Bourke
22   Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:09:45

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Some of the garbage written here is mind-blowing. The fact that we have to come on here to defend Tim "The Legend" Cahill is a slight on Everton and ToffeeWeb.

You can give me all the "everyones entitled to their opinion" politically correct crap you like, but some people claiming to giving an opinion is just an excuse for a group of mental midgets to talk utter utter shite.

Dave Wilson
23   Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:21:38

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This time last season, Cahill was getting rightly slaughtered, he`d been stinking the house out, So it's only fair that he gets all the credit coming to him this season, he`s been terrific... but Legend?

Alan Ball is a Legend, Neville Southall is a Legend... see the difference?
Dick Fearon
24   Posted 27/12/2010 at 22:34:06

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Fer Christ sake! I really and truly despair at the level of football nous displayed by some who come on here. I challenge these football geniuses to name a player who is anywhere near Cahill's defensive/midfield/striking work rate. Who else is capable of scoring goals that so often earn vital points? It is only those goals that currently stand between us and almost certain relegation.

I also challenge the smartarses to name which Everton player is of priority concern to opposing teams. From our entire squad there is not one player other than Tiny who consistently provides us with inspiration.

I appologise if this response to some of the rubbish spoken about Tim seems a bit garbled but some it is so bloody mind-boggling.

Jimmy Hacking
25   Posted 28/12/2010 at 00:08:12

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Jamie Barlow #5

Bloody well said, mate. I've always been rather baffled by the adulation shown to cult-heroes like Ferguson. Tim Cahill has given this club more than any other player in my lifetime (with the possible exception of Southall). He is that most elusive of elusive beasts: a player who battles his bollocks off AND produces the goods. He is the only world class player we've had in the Premier Leqague era (sorry Mikel) and the one player we have to make other big teams jealous.

I hope he's still playing for us when he's 40, then buys the club, and installs himself as manager.
Jimmy Hacking
26   Posted 28/12/2010 at 00:15:18

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just re-read your post Jamie #5 and I might have slightly missed your point a bit mate. got a bit swept up with anger at some of these morons on here.
David Gallant
27   Posted 28/12/2010 at 00:09:31

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Complete and utter legend, in every sense of the word. Thing is, Cahill as a pure footballer has improved in leaps and bounds even if you choose to ignore all the other attributes he has in recent seasons. His touch, passing and vision have improved (see his little layoff for Baines's goal against City, and countless other little bits of play beside).

People have become stuck on this 'he can't pass, can't play in a 4-4-2 etc' bandwagon; no matter how much his improvement in these departments manifests itself on the pitch, you'll always have the Judean People's front brigade out to point out the flaws in his game.

Truly is a game of opinions reading some of the negative TC opinions on here, but be fair, he's a cracking little player and most other managers would (and do in post match interviews if you're bothered to view them) agree.

True legend, who will sadly probably only be acknowledged as thus years from now when he's retired. His attitude off the pitch and toward the club is nothing if not exemplary either. If you wish to create a template for younger players to follow about what it means to be an Evertonian, show them a Tim Cahill clip.

Thank you, TC, for making me proud to be an Evertonian!
Robin Hunuki
28   Posted 28/12/2010 at 04:31:31

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"Nil Satis Nisi Optimum" aka Tim Cahill, enough said.
Jamie Crowley
29   Posted 28/12/2010 at 06:58:20

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In any sport you couldn't ask for a better player for your team.

He epitomizes everything you want your team and the players that represent it to be.

His drive and hustle and commitment are second to none. He's an absolute credit to Everton ? and a role model for every kid playing youth sports.
James Byrne
30   Posted 28/12/2010 at 09:15:06

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IMO Tim is already a legend; it all sounds a bit corny but his attitude alone is second to none ? you don't hear him moaning in the press in the closed season about where he could be playing next and for what better and bigger clubs etc.

One of the things that keeps Tim stable and focused on his game at EFC is the fact that he's probably one of the wealthiest players in the Prem.

Just a thought for those Tim Cahill doubters; let's raise this discussion again at the end of Jan 2011 when Tim would have been away for a month and see how many games we've won without him, coz it won't be very many?
Tony Cheek
31   Posted 28/12/2010 at 09:32:38

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If Tim played for any other team, they would have built a statue already. But we still have doubters! What more does the man have to do to become a legend? Answer = nothing, he's already there.

And don't even mention Duncan Ferguson in the same breath... yes, he embodied the Everton spirit, but how many times did he score the goal that brought the points home? Cahill is our Diamond, end of.

Brian Waring
32   Posted 28/12/2010 at 09:58:05

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When Cahill goes away with the Aussies, it's going to be interesting to see how Moyes adapts to losing our leading goalscorer.

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