There?s been a lot of murmuring on this site recently about whether having Tim Cahill in the side effectively weakens the team because it means we are more direct, rely on set pieces or rely on Tim getting on the end of something in the box. Thus, without him we would be a far more fluid attacking team.
To me, that?s a load of bollocks, as Tim was without doubt head and shoulders above the rest of the side again last night and without his 1 in 2 ratio of goals in the league (a stat any striker would be proud of), we?d be propping up the table.
Now I can?t be sure of his attendance in the Asian Cup in Qatar in January, but seeing as he is very proud to represent Australia, there is a very good possibility that we will be without his services for a significant slice of that month.
It will be very interesting to see who steps up to the plate in terms of goals and if indeed we do see a far more fluid Everton. I have my doubts...
Liam Reilly, Posted 23/11/2010 at 08:40:01
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1 Posted 23/11/2010 at 14:41:40
2 Posted 23/11/2010 at 14:42:07
3 Posted 23/11/2010 at 14:44:37
4 Posted 23/11/2010 at 17:55:58
These are professional footballers, and should not be allowed to take part. And don't get me started on the African Cup of Nations. Bloody drivel, that tournament.
And it really annoys me when people say "These tournaments can't take place in the summer, it's too hot." So bloody what? They shouldn't take place at all.
And before anyone accuses me of being disrespectful, can you name the current Asian Cup champions? (Without resorting to Wikipedia) Or tell me where the last tournament was staged? Or give me a breakdown of the (undoubtedly highly memorable) final?
Didn't think so....
5 Posted 23/11/2010 at 18:13:13
I imagine the Asian Cup is as relevant to Asians as the Euro Champs is to Europeans. It's a FIFA sanctioned tournament, and therefore just as valid.
Agree with you on the inconvenience front though.
6 Posted 23/11/2010 at 18:21:39
7 Posted 24/11/2010 at 00:30:04
As an aussie the Asian Cup is just as important to us and our national players as the Euro champs are to English Players.
Sure, it's not at the same standard but there are still some good sides.
8 Posted 24/11/2010 at 06:40:50
Even better news, the next one is in Australia 2014 ? so we're guaranteed to qualify (I bet you're as cuffed as me?).
And Jimmy, it could get even better mate, by this time next week we'll know if our bid for that other little international tournament (the one they had in South Africa a few months ago) for 2022 is successful. Geez, I'll pee me pants if we get that too! Fingers crossed, mate. ;-)
9 Posted 24/11/2010 at 08:14:00
If players want the same rights as other workers in regards to freedom of contracts etc, then the clubs need to have the same rights as other businesses for retention of staff under contract. Can't see the CEO of Qantas popping off to work for say Bank of Ireland for a couple of months can you?
I know it's a Fifa sanctioned tournament and all that but if Australia or any other African team want our employees to go and work for them for 4-6 weeks then they should be made to pay for it. When Tim comes down under he'll be all over the telly promoting the Socceroos and earning them and himself a few quid from sponsors, what's in it for Everton, eh?
Bugger all... and a good chance he'll come back crocked like a lot of our other players do when away on International duty.
10 Posted 24/11/2010 at 09:00:36
I'll tell you what's in it for Everton mate ? a hell of a lot of negative press here in Australia. Its a Fifa-approved tournament, so Tim can go. What's the point in Moyes moaning about it through the press? What ? he didn't know it was on the horizon? Many would argue that it's part and parcel of signing a player allowing them to fulfill their International duties.
As we all know, Tim Cahill has done a huge amount to raise the profile of Everton in Australia and beyond. So, it does work both ways. (I'll grant you that the pre tournament training is bollox.)
11 Posted 24/11/2010 at 09:13:23
It's not just Tim and the Australian case I'm trying to point out here, it's all the internationals and how the clubs (which are essentially businesses according to players when they negotiate these contracts) are forced to let their employees go work for someone else? How long was Fella out for after going to play for Belgium? What's lost in wages to the Afcon?
The money in the game is too much now for clubs to ignore, Fifa needs to compensate clubs for their loss for these sanctioned tournaments.
12 Posted 24/11/2010 at 14:03:50
It is not up to us to decide which tournaments are worthy/unworthy. If I played in South America and had the chance to play for England in the European Championships, I wouldn't let anyone stop me! No way. And I promise I will not get "tapped up" like shithouse Barmby and all of a sudden pretend I'am a lifelong Redshite fan!
13 Posted 24/11/2010 at 19:44:37
I really dont see the point of Cahill scoring a hat-trick against Bangladesh in front of 200 Quatari schoolkids and a handful of Fifa dignitaries when he could (and should) be playing for us.
And if he picks up an injury, we'll never hear the last of it...
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