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Why Haven’t We Heard Much of Tim Cahill So Far this Summer?

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Luka Modric, Jordan Henderson, Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Kevin Nolan: those are some of the names we have constantly been seeing and hearing when reading, watching and listening to the press go to work since the season’s end, but there is, I feel, one glaring name missing from that array of player’s. And that is the they call Tiny Tim on Merseyside, Tim Cahill.

The free-scoring midfielder with the bullet for a header would be a great acquisition for most football teams, but there has been less than even a mere hint of a whisper regarding the player who would, on recent and past evidence, benefit any side looking to improve themselves.

Maybe it is because or appears that he is so settled at Everton that clubs do not find it worth contemplating a move for him for the time it would inevitably waste. This hasn’t deterred clubs in the past or indeed now: now more than ever, what with the often interfering ‘gremlin’ by their side and voice in the head.

Or agents as they are commonly known, telling them that the ‘grass is greener on the other side’, a philosophy that can divert the player’s gaze away from the ‘gutter’ that the millionaire has made for himself, to a view of ‘paradise’ behind him. This often occurs with modern-day athletes especially as their ‘gremlins’ (agents) get a cut of the deal. When a player’s head is turned to seek pastures new, it doesn’t take long to reach football’s grapevine, but this is a situation that seldom crops up in the transfer window regarding Cahill despite his undoubted ability.

The presumption that he is firmly settled with the Toffee’s, thus them not being approached with a view to signing him, is much like that of ‘Fergie’s Fledglings’ at Manchester United whom would not be hounded by other club’s – not so much that it reached the press anyway – in acquiring the services of their home-grown first team regulars such as the newly retired Paul Scholes, a player of immense quality who would have been in with a chance of breaking into virtually any side in the world.

But because he was a local boy plying his trade with one of the best team’s in the land, there was hardly any talk of other club’s making bids to offer him their services because it would more than likely result in nothing but a waste of time. There is a difference between this and Cahill’s situation – one being that many people would hold Scholes in higher esteem than Cahill – but there’s also the fact that United are bigger than most clubs which means that there are not many other ones that could persuade a first team player to leave the Theatre of Dreams in order to better themselves.

Everton are often regarded to be top or at least to the top of the mini league that has been created outside the top six and, whilst being one of England’s most successful clubs, they are not in the sort of position where it would be considered ‘mad’ for a top first team player to leave for a club lower than them in the table; not like, say, Nemanja Vidic quitting Devils for David Moyes’ current Everton side.

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8 comments

  • David Dougan says:

    Cahill just isn’t that good. He’s great in the air, but not great at anything else. Clint Dempsey is a similar, but better and younger, player.

    • Pablo Brown says:

      David Dougan

      You know nowt you thick turd, Cahill’s twice the player Dempsey is.

      • David Dougan says:

        Certainly, a well thought out argument like that is certainly going to change my mind.

        Hilarious. 😀

  • Colonel Bogey says:

    He loves it at Everton and has nothing but good words to say about the club and David Moyes. Why would he leave to go to a club that finish lower than Everton on a regular basis? As for not being as good as Clint Dempsey, ha ha, behave yourself. Pretty pointless Everton bashing article if you ask me.

    • Ricky Murray says:

      It is in no way a ‘Everton bashing article’ and I didn’t say that maybe he SHOULD leave to go to a lower league club. I’m just very surprised not to see a player of Cahill’s quality linked with other clubs whether they’re lower or higher than Everton. But, as I said, it’s probably because he is so settled at Goodison Park that any talk of a transfer gets quashed immediately.

  • Toffee says:

    This has smatterings of Blue Bill trying to rustle up a few quid to pay the banks this summer. Away with you Kenwright and your inability to find investment whilst all those around are showered with finances. You’re only there because Moyes has performed miracles on budgets that defy our league position. Back to theatre-land please and don’t return – take Elstone with you!!

  • E says:

    He’s 31 and on a long term deal. The money it would cost a club to get him would not bring value for the two to three years he has left at the top. He’s an everton legend and i would almost gurantee that he would never leave for any club in england. as far as the clint dempsey comparison goes, cahill is a long way ahead of him. Needless to say he actually has a better goal scoring record than both lampard and gerrard and he doesn’t take either penalties or free kicks….

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