It appears that Tim Cahill?s star is on the wane (if his last performance was anything to go by). He has got a choice to make?.Club or Country. He simply cannot do both. It has wrecked him.
I wrote an article a while back saying Jack Rodwell has the makings of an excellent box-to-box player. Fabio Capello and David Moyes have since seemed to be in agreement. Here is another one from left field.
Timmy has been an awesome player for us and I wish some of our other players would show the same level of commitment as him. This has, however, come at a price. His frequent forays to the Antipodes have taken their toll. Moyes is also hell bent on playing him as a ?floating? attacker. What Timmy has given in the past is goals. They have dried up and he doesn?t offer anything else in his current position as he ? and, by proxy, us ? have been found out. If Moyes is going to stick by his man, which he is very likely to do, then I think he can fulfil a better role for us.
I believe he could be employed as a defensive midfielder. Yes, you have read it right. This is no typo. His fighting qualities, energy, drive and ability to "get up people?s noses" is up there. Add this to his technical ability, granted not the best but good enough with time and space just in front of the back four, and I think you will have an excellent defensive midfielder.
The added bonus of allowing Rodwell and Fellaini to bomb on ? I believe their best suits ? and add Landon and Royston to the flanks, I think you have an excellent midfield with goals galore in it (so important at the moment with no-one to put it in the net up front). Also, the rotation in midfield that this will allow may help Timmy attack the box from deep and rediscover his goal touch. Furthermore, and perhaps the clincher, is not having Pip in midfield!!!!
Timmy, you have been an excellent servant but perhaps it is time you considered a change. If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always got!
Nil Satis, Nisi Optimum?..COYB!
Shaun Laycock, Posted 19/12/2011 at 17:07:26
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1 Posted 20/12/2011 at 00:35:51
2 Posted 20/12/2011 at 00:40:25
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4 Posted 20/12/2011 at 01:15:45
5 Posted 20/12/2011 at 08:37:35
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7 Posted 20/12/2011 at 08:49:52
8 Posted 20/12/2011 at 08:47:41
9 Posted 20/12/2011 at 08:56:07
As others say, he unfortunately gives too many fools away. If we could have,rolling subs he would ve amazing to going on for set pieces. Essentially though he needs a rest and without turning this into a Moyes out thread, the best managers rest their players before they've frustrated themselves for half a season.
10 Posted 20/12/2011 at 09:08:00
11 Posted 20/12/2011 at 09:15:28
Not winning headers is something you just don't expect of Cahill
12 Posted 20/12/2011 at 09:02:42
13 Posted 20/12/2011 at 10:04:48
Sadly I was wrong. He shouldnt be in the starting 11.
hopefully this mail will have the usual effect that my predictions have and Tim will return to form with a flourish.
again, sadly, I doubt it!
Time to rethink the line up Mr Moyes
14 Posted 20/12/2011 at 10:09:29
You obviously have not taken much notice of Tim then have you. He would be just about the best passer we have at the moment. In almost every game this year he has played some sublime passes which led to attacking football. I don't know where this stereo type nonesense has come from but Tim is very skillful and isn't given the credit he deserves. No vision , Bollocks. The art of arriving into the box at the right time to score countless goals requires Vision my friend, and If he has no vision how did he get onto the end of the cross that led to Velio's goal a couple of weeks ago. I'm afraid you should take some of your own medicine and get to Spec Savers yourself.
15 Posted 20/12/2011 at 10:19:02
16 Posted 20/12/2011 at 10:27:22
17 Posted 20/12/2011 at 10:35:39
Once a player like him, who's all action and physicality, gets to his age they need to be managed differently.
Playing every week isn't really an option, nor is making 28hr flights to the other side of the world 6 times a year.
Cahill and Moyes have big decisions to make this season because his performance has dropped off a cliff and changes need to be made. Cahill needs to retire from international football or be moved on IMO.
18 Posted 20/12/2011 at 11:00:35
However, it's based upon current performance ? on that basis, he shouldn't make the team.
19 Posted 20/12/2011 at 12:11:44
Other players have quit international footie to prolong their club career.
Yet we are happy to let Timmy run off for Mickey Mouse cups on the other side of the world.
As hes now in serious decline its time for Moyes to say Club or Country
20 Posted 20/12/2011 at 14:11:57
I happen to think this guy is an Everton legend in every sense of the word, and he still has a contribution to make. I would be all for him playing as a holding player; he could still be a massive threat from set-pieces too.
21 Posted 20/12/2011 at 16:42:45
I dont get Moyes is he blindly loyal or blindly obstinate or maybe both? I know his tactics are driving me nuts!Evertonians have become too accepting and tolerant there would have been bloody uproar about both the results and performances at home this season in the 70s and 80s.
22 Posted 20/12/2011 at 18:45:51
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25 Posted 20/12/2011 at 20:43:53
Cahill also isn't going to score in the Scholes role behind two strikers because he doesn't have a Scholes shot, or any shot at all for that matter. When he scores, it's in close with his head or off poached opportunities in the box.
Face it, Tim's only position is the one he's playing, and he's no longer our best choice there. He's my favorite Blue since Sheedy, but it's time for him to bring his passion and commitment off the bench late in the game when we need a goal.
26 Posted 20/12/2011 at 21:06:26
27 Posted 20/12/2011 at 21:08:52
28 Posted 20/12/2011 at 21:24:32
29 Posted 20/12/2011 at 21:22:33
Cahill can still make an impact from the bench but very much hope he starts Saha tomorrow with Denis or even mcaleny. Or drenthe in the hole?
30 Posted 20/12/2011 at 21:35:14
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32 Posted 20/12/2011 at 22:13:20
Also he cant tacke and fouls way too much for a CDM role. Let him enjoy the last couple of years of his carrier as a super sub, at least until he gets his form back.
On form, Cahill deserved his place in the side mainly for his goals, if he doesnt score he doesnt offer that much else.
33 Posted 21/12/2011 at 12:47:57
He's injured. Every time the ball came into him with a defender in his back against Norwich he was simply shoved off the ball and easily beaten. Remember against Fulham when he wouldn't stretch for through balls? I don't know what it is but he can't push back and he can't stretch. Groin issue?
If it's not an injury then he's lost everything that he had in almost a flash. And that doesn't seem possible.
Stop playing him and let him recover - he'll still be a threat when he's right. Also agree that he should come to some sort of arrangement about internationals - he can't play in every game.
34 Posted 21/12/2011 at 19:06:46
When Donovan comes rest assured Osman will still play. Every game is crucial now and every game is difficult for the Blues. I believe Distin has been missed and also the lack of a first class right back along with the failing Tim Cahill.
Straqualursi should be given a run' not just one game or part of one game and if he struggles then they have to try another option but Timmie has been shown a lot of loyalty by Moyes and he is not responding despite his 100% effort.
The clock is ticking on Moyes and the boys so we need to pick up again soon especially at home.
Sidebar, good to hear Suarez got his after getting away with some cheating earlier in the season.
35 Posted 23/12/2011 at 14:54:28
Mascherano & Carsley knew when to stop 'zone marking' the opposing attacking midfielder to go and make a more necessary tackle on a 2nd attacking midfielder. 2 on 1 situations like that created the possiblity of a pass, which is when Mascherano & Carsley made the 'calculated illegal tackle'. (BTW this is something I feel Rodwell doesn't know how to do, he will just stay marking the 1st attacking midfielder, funnily enough like a central defender would)
I believe Tim has the vision and anticipation to make those calls, with the added benefit of extra knowledge on exactly how and when an attacking midfielder will attack - because Tim was so good at doing that himself.
I'm not saying Cahill's anything like busquets - but busquets breaks up play in that role without regularly demonstrating the same tackling ability as Mascherano, and so I believe Tim could similarly.
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