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No nice thought but he hasn't got the legs to play there now.
Cahill will always be a hero for everything he has done and his attitude deserves loyalty in return, but his form for a long time now has been such that a more ruthless manager would move him on if we could.
Last season I wrote a piece for the Mailbag that said Cahill CAN play in a 4 man MF...in the Carsley role, if only ONE holder was used ( and I think 2 is wasting a player.) Tim could do the job for another 2, 3 or 4 seasons.
I still stand by that.Or maybe in Moyes 451 it would have to be 2 Holders
Right of centre Holder Fellaini,
Left of centre Holder Cahill
And his lack of 'legs' wouldn't matter, towards the end Keane played there and hardly moved 20 yds.
If the Younger Fellaini goes on a run Tim stays put, simple.
Keeping back ( under the radar ) he can ghost into the box...cue punching the corner flag.
He seems a sensible and disciplined person and will not go walkabout
Hardly anyone plays with the traditional 4 now. In fact the move as you say Derek is to play with two holding midfielders leaving the other 3 and the striker free to get forward with that insurance behind them. I would still see Felliani and Rodwell as the best bet for those two roles.
He wouldn't have to play in a traditional 4. When we came 4th we played with one holding midfielder in Carsley and Cahill and Gravesen ahead of him bombing forward and arriving late into the box. Moyes took a few good headers from Cahill and decided that all of a sudden punting it up to him for a flick-on was the best method.
Now we have two holding mids playing as extra centre-backs and Cahill 50 yards ahead of them looking for flick-ons. A real 4-5-1 has been proven to work. Moyes's 6-2-1-1 doesn't.
Alan,I would worry that putting him in a deeper role where he would probably be required to put in more tackles and break up the opposition play would result in more sendings off and injury.I'm afraid he is well past his peak and should of been sold a couple of seasons ago when his value was a lot higher so expect to see him sign a contract extension soon.He has been a great servent to the club and has scored a lot of important goals for us and the season we reached fourth spot was a lot down to him but in my opinion he has never linked play up very well or been able to make the clever pass and this in a way has stiffled our development as he appears to be one of those "Moyes Favourites".If anyone came In with a reasonable offer right now I would snap there hand off.
Tim has played a huge amount of football over the last few years, travelled ridiculous amounts to play for Oz, and repeatedly come back from injury ahead of schedule, as well as frequently playing through the pain barrie whilst injured. Finally, it seems to have taken it's toll. He needs, at least, a rest. We've relied far too much on him, and his body has now surely taken too many batterings, given his all-action style and commitment. It's unfair to expect a man in his 30's to play that way, that much. Tim has been amazing for us, a true modern great, and he's got platny of football left in him. But he shouldn't be made the focal point of our play the way he has in past seasons. He can still play the role the artiicle refers to for another season or two, then will i think nturally move back into a deeper role, and will play there for a season or two. He will probably then go back to Oz and play that role for a good few years.
Cahill is unfortunately finished.
He's never been the same since the injury he picked up while playing for Oz a while back.
He can't play in a 4-man midfield - as we all know - because he isn't good enough.
We need to move on and maybe we'll see 2-up-top in future when Cahill hangs his boots up.
Nathan (7) I agree with most of what you say, but sadly I'm not sure rest is the answer. Tim had a good rest close season and still can't seem to shake off the niggles and get fully fit. He's taken a hell of a battering over the years for the cause and I think impact sub could be hic best role, for a while at least.
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