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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1 Posted 27/12/2010 at 13:50:47
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!!!
2 Posted 27/12/2010 at 13:54:35
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!
3 Posted 27/12/2010 at 13:59:00
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.
4 Posted 27/12/2010 at 14:18:26
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.
5 Posted 27/12/2010 at 14:37:53
6 Posted 27/12/2010 at 14:38:15
7 Posted 27/12/2010 at 14:40:42
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.
8 Posted 27/12/2010 at 14:43:51
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.
9 Posted 27/12/2010 at 15:16:49
I'd bet my left nut on Osman being penned in already.
10 Posted 27/12/2010 at 15:30:06
11 Posted 27/12/2010 at 16:17:02
12 Posted 27/12/2010 at 16:27:53
Pick players and play them in their proper positions? What do you think this is, football??
13 Posted 27/12/2010 at 16:31:28
14 Posted 27/12/2010 at 16:44:26
15 Posted 27/12/2010 at 16:44:41
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.
16 Posted 27/12/2010 at 17:00:08
Sorry Moyesie... someone might come in for him.
17 Posted 27/12/2010 at 17:23:52
18 Posted 27/12/2010 at 17:45:22
19 Posted 27/12/2010 at 18:21:33
20 Posted 27/12/2010 at 19:22:28
Pat van den Hauwe though.
21 Posted 27/12/2010 at 19:31:30
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.
22 Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:09:45
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.
23 Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:21:38
Alan Ball is a Legend, Neville Southall is a Legend... see the difference?
24 Posted 27/12/2010 at 22:34:06
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.
25 Posted 28/12/2010 at 00:08:12
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.
26 Posted 28/12/2010 at 00:15:18
27 Posted 28/12/2010 at 00:09:31
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!
28 Posted 28/12/2010 at 04:31:31
29 Posted 28/12/2010 at 06:58:20
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.
30 Posted 28/12/2010 at 09:15:06
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?
31 Posted 28/12/2010 at 09:32:38
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.
32 Posted 28/12/2010 at 09:58:05
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