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With Tim Cahill nearing full match fitness, I was wondering what fellow blues thought about him returning to the side? I feel on current form Osman should be kept in the hole off Beckford as he has shown what a good wee player he can be.

Timmy is a legend but I feel now maybe the time has come to look for a different type player to play in the famous hole of the front man that Moyes likes so much. I am not saying Osman is the long term answer but somebody tricky with a good eye for a pass and a good shot should be looked at rather than Cahill who just seems to score with his head.

My candidates would be Bilyaletinov? With somebody fresh we could use Cahill as an impact sub and back-up striker if needed. It will let us move our play onto a new level and play the school of science stuff.

Stephen Leary, Antrim     Posted 18/04/2011 at 21:35:53

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Dermot Ryan
1   Posted 19/04/2011 at 06:20:09

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Would really like to see that happen, but doubt it will. In the hole, Cahill does double duty as a gadfly breaking up opposition as it moves forward, which Bily does not do. Cahill also has a proven goalscoring record. I feel Moyes is a percentage manager. He has no principled commitment to the nice play (and perhaps that is sensible with the squad he has and the compeition). Bily will continue to disappoint on the left and on the right. Sadly, I seem him being sold off at a loss. His work rate and defensive frailties don't seem to suit Moyes' work ethic or team philosophy. I think there is a fine player in there but I'm not sure he can thrive in this league.
Shaun Brennan
2   Posted 19/04/2011 at 07:47:18

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I wouldn't like to see any player on the field until they are match fit.

When he is fit, I'll be glad to see him in the side again. We really are down to our bare bones.
Eric Myles
3   Posted 19/04/2011 at 08:26:09

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The way the team are playing at the moment then Ossie should be starting with Timmy on the bench, at least for the first half, then bring Tim on to give United's young defenders a hard time in the air.

They'll have heard of him, they'll have watched him in action but they won't know what's hit them when they've got to deal with him in their face and they're tired.
Adolf Ng
4   Posted 19/04/2011 at 08:44:54

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When the team is performing so well, there is no point to change the set-up. One concern to me is that Osman often seems to fade against "big 4/5/6" oppositions. So, put Cahill on the bench, and let him play the last 20-30 mins would be appropriate. For Bily, I also think that he is likely to leave soon, but before then, just hope that he will score score a winning screamer in Old Trafford this time ~ so, by the time he leaves, we can create a You Tube collection of his wonder goals for Everton ~
Dan McKie
5   Posted 19/04/2011 at 08:59:46

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I agree that Cahill should start on the bench. The team that has been unchanged for the last couple of games have knocked in 5 without reply so should keeps their places. Also, is it any wonder we keep getting so many injuries, when the second a player is close to full fitness, he's back playing 90 minutes? We have shown that we do have decent back up, so lets use it a little more, and not just when we are desperate.
Craig Taylor
6   Posted 19/04/2011 at 09:08:12

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I believe in sticking with a winning team, if injuries allow.

Cahill is undoubtedly quality, and one of our most important players. However his style makes it harder for other to excel it seems.

For me he starts on the bench for now, he wont be match fit anyway remember.

If he comes off the bench and scores us a winner etc, or plays back into the team then thats great for everyone and the fair way to do it.

Just to put it out there, can anyone else see Moyes dropping Beckford and playing Osman behind Cahill?
Erik Dols
7   Posted 19/04/2011 at 09:47:59

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Craig, I was thinking the same. Moyes will play Cahill as a striker - or revert to his old 4-6-0 formation, just how you like to call it...
Tony J Williams
8   Posted 19/04/2011 at 09:59:04

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Just go for it, stick the Apostle up front with Becks and bombard the youngsters, lets face it if Jags gets the ball it is going to get hoofed anyway.

Bring Cahill on for the last 20 and let him give the defenders Hell, if Vidic hasn't been sent off by then
Anthony Millington
9   Posted 19/04/2011 at 10:10:54

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Moyes has got to put the likes of Cahill, Arteta, Fellaini and Saha on the bench if they return. Why change a winning team? It is then upto them to impress and earn a recall when they get brought on!
Mick Wrende
10   Posted 19/04/2011 at 11:55:05

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What a load of crap there is on here from some Evertonians. Suggesting that Bily should play in the hole when many have rated him either our worst ever buy or at least in our worst ever team is quite incredible. And even more farcical is to say he should play in place of our leading scorer. Come on lads lets raise the IQ of this forum above 30.
Tony J Williams
11   Posted 19/04/2011 at 12:26:00

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Mick, I am guessing that the posters suggesting that he play in the hole, hold a different view to the posters who laughingly suggest he is our worst ever player. Nothing to do with an IQ, it's to do with personal opinions on a player.
Aiden Doyle
12   Posted 19/04/2011 at 12:27:55

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Mick, many people were equally disparaging about Osman. Look how he?s blossomed now that he?s had a good run of games in his preferred position.

(And if you?re suggesting that Cahill?s our top scorer, you?d be wrong. He?s actually joint second, behind Saha and level with Beckford, who has played fewer games and has had much, much less game time)

IQ now 35 and climbing.
Norman Merrill
13   Posted 19/04/2011 at 12:36:48

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It would be a bonus if we saw a fit Cahill, and I mean a really fit Cahill.
Its been along time since, and lets hope he gives the Aussie friendly's a miss in June.
I just hope his priority, is in getting fit for the Blues.
Liam Reilly
14   Posted 19/04/2011 at 12:44:43

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If TC?s fit, he should start. There?s no other current first teamer with more goals against quality opposition.

Osman has been doing well recently, but it's well known that he has this ability against lesser opposition. Let?s hope he?s not anonymous against United midfield, which is all too often the case.
Mike Gwyer
15   Posted 19/04/2011 at 13:49:54

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If TC is fit he WILL start, no doubt about it.

Osman, Baines, Neville, Hibbert and Distin have been the players that have dragged us through this injury period and wanting to avoid feedback but Billy is shite, he avoids the tackle, he's slow and lacks vision but hey that's why we all have different opinions.

James Cadwaladr
16   Posted 19/04/2011 at 13:54:32

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Superman wears Tim Cahill pyjamas
Brian Denton
17   Posted 19/04/2011 at 13:54:53

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Liam (and others) I've said this a number of times, but it doesn't seem to sink in - Ossie was arguably our MOTM against Man U at Goodison last season. Therefore he CAN play against top teams. Whether he will or not is another matter.
Tony J Williams
18   Posted 19/04/2011 at 14:00:35

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Brian, he was probably also our best player when we beat Chelski too.
Trevor Lynes
19   Posted 19/04/2011 at 14:08:02

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What everyone is missing is...Cahill and the other injured players ALL lack match practice and there is no way any of them will come straight back into the team unless one or two of the present side are not performing !!
There is also no way that Osman will make way for ANYONE at the moment so all the debate is meaningless !!
Liam Reilly
20   Posted 19/04/2011 at 14:00:02

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Can't agree with your MOTM assesment in that game, however Osman undoubtably has the tools, but for me, too often fails to live up to his promise in the big games.

Cahill on the other hand, is a big game player and should start if fit.
Stephen Leary
21   Posted 19/04/2011 at 14:15:35

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Mick, watch Russia and watch where Bily plays ? off the striker; give him a chance in his rightful position. If you can't see that a player would struggle playing in a wrong position then it's your IQ that's in question mate.
Roberto Birquet
22   Posted 19/04/2011 at 14:18:42

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4-1-4-1 is back, eh?

Nev, Jags, Distin, Baines,
Coleman, Osman, Cahil, Arteta

But, we'll most likely go with Bily instead of Cahill, and Gueye instead of Arteta. They are in the team, have been winning, while Cahill and Arteta will lack matchtime. The bench will look more recognisable. I haven't known some of the guys on it recently.

They should go out and enjoy it; see it an opprtunity and a challenge. The onus is on Utd; pity Rooney will be back, right?
Dave Wilson
23   Posted 19/04/2011 at 14:49:29

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Tony Hibbert will play at Old Trafford
John Talbot
24   Posted 19/04/2011 at 15:01:12

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Out Ossie in !!
Scott Goin
25   Posted 19/04/2011 at 16:54:18

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We've got a great chance at Old Trafford. ManU have a mid-week game, then us, then a huge Champions League matchup 3 days later. The Arsenal loss this weekend mean that the league is pretty well sewn up for ManU so I'm betting we get the 2nd team out there on Saturday.

I'd keep pretty much the same side, Rodwell for Heitenga. Bring on Cahill for the last 30 minutes. Not sure if Arteta is match-fit yet. I'd rather him sit this one out.
Tony J Williams
26   Posted 19/04/2011 at 17:01:11

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Careful Scott, the next thing someone will say is that "they are there for the taking" .....doh!
Chris James
27   Posted 19/04/2011 at 20:03:18

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Interesting discussion this, and for once not peppered with too much Moyes-bashing which is refreshing, maybe it's the sunshine finally lifting the gloom?

I agree that we have a great chance of getting points ( or more likely point) off a United side with eyes on other prizes and some tired legs and I also believe we should stick with pretty much a winning team, or at least the one that ended up winning last match (Vellios aside).
Partly it's the confidence in the side and proving to players that good performances = continued opportunities, but it's also down to giving youth and overlooked players (like Bily) as much of a chance to prove themselves as possible so we understand what squad depths we do have and/or to increase their exposure (i.e. add another couple of million to Rodwell and Billy's price tags). And yes I'm happy to sanction them both moving on in the summer (Bily isn't a bad player but he's not the winger we need and from what I've seen Rodwell has equally as much chance of being a Jeffers as a Rooney so if the silly money is there when we need it we should grab it, I'd rather keep Felliani and Baines).

For me Cahill and Arteta have to start on the bench both from the sake of playing them in (launching into this sort of game from the off has off-the-pace and injury re-occurrence allover it) as for their potential super-sub impact.

Preferred starting line up...


Subs: Arteta-Cahill-Vellios-Gueye
Obviously Gueye's a fall-guy in this and it's close run with Bily for who should start on the left, but his lack of experience is likely to be more exposed here than in most games.
Mick Gamble
28   Posted 20/04/2011 at 00:05:45

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Can anyone tell me how much a new contract would actually cost Everton for Fellaini? Surely this would massively affect the transfer budget?

Dont get me wrong, he should be kept on, no question but do we have enough funds to actually do both?

Mick Wrende
29   Posted 20/04/2011 at 09:45:28

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number 12 Back to below 30 again as Cahill has 2 more premiership goals than saha and beckford or are you including mickey mouse cups!
Tony Cheek
30   Posted 20/04/2011 at 13:06:01

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Same as last game, except Coleman for Magaye. Think the game will be too big for him. If Cahill is fit I hope he starts on the bench and at some stage plays up front with Becks,
Tony Cheek
31   Posted 20/04/2011 at 13:09:28

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Oops...Looks like Heitingas out, Cahill from the start then, is there anyone else?
Tony Cheek
32   Posted 20/04/2011 at 13:09:28

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Oops...Looks like Heitingas out, Cahill from the start then, is there anyone else?
David Hallwood
33   Posted 20/04/2011 at 19:12:50

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Tony#30 DM will put Rodwell in to replace Heitinger.
I'd start with
Coleman, Neville Rodwell Magaye
Stephen Kenny
34   Posted 20/04/2011 at 19:24:06

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In and out.

We have a player who still has a lot to offer especially away from home in a 4-5-1.

He cannot continue to play 50-60 games a season or he will be finished in 2 years.

Used properly he could play for anothr 4. For me 4-4-2 at home sometimes without Cahill and 4-5-1 away with Tim playing.
Neil Steele
35   Posted 21/04/2011 at 07:24:55

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I'm sure I'll be in a minority here but for me Cahill has been garbage for about 2½ years now. Aside from scoring a few headers ? and let's have it right, he plays more or less as a forward, not a midfielder ? he offers the team zilch. His perceived aerial power (which is more about timing) means that we constantly hit high balls at him, which he is easily bullied off by 6'-4" centre halves. He has no pace, the first touch of a baby elephant and when it comes to cute through balls or 25-yard howitzers, there is nothing doing.

Cahill is Everton 2005 ? blood and guts, hard work, percentages... nowadays, he looks completely out of his depth to me. Someone used the word "quality" further up to describe him. That would probably be the last word that would come into my head in describing Tim Cahill.

Technically (apart from with his head) he is rank average. The improvement in the team's style without him in it has been clear. More movement, more guile... and more football on the floor in and around the box. Thanks and all that, but time to move on.

Jason Lam
36   Posted 21/04/2011 at 10:33:53

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Put Cahill in before Osman eventually fucks up against top4 opposition.

Cahill to start the match.
Mike Gaynes
37   Posted 21/04/2011 at 16:15:33

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"Cahill has been garbage for about 2½ years now."

In those 2½ years, Cahill has scored 28 goals, far and away our leader in that department. If that's what Neil calls "a few headers" and "garbage", then I'd say most of the garbage is inside Neil's header.
Aiden Doyle
38   Posted 21/04/2011 at 19:24:59

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Couldn?t agree more Neil.

Like Pienaar, he was better than what we had when he signed but the team has outgrown him and he?s become a limiting factor. I remember saying two summers ago that we should flog him whilst his profile was high, because he was worth far more to us in the bank than he was on the pitch.

I think that we?re probably still in the minority but, now that the whole ?It?s only Cahill?s goals keeping us up; just watch us fall apart when he?s away at the Asian Cup? myth has evaporated, more people are coming around to our way of thinking.

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