EPL: Why Tim Cahill Should Leave Everton

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EPL: Why Tim Cahill Should Leave Everton
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Corner flags of Goodison Park rejoice, the time has come to say goodbye to your boxing nemesis.

After 278 appearances and 68 goals, the time has come for midfield stalwart Tim Cahill to leave Everton FC.

Loyal servant though he is, Cahill should leave on a relative high note rather than see his current contract run down as he spends more time on the bench than on the field.

Cahill has already reportedly turned down an incredibly lucrative deal to play out his days in the pastures of the Middle East, and the Australian international would be wise to secure a move to some lucrative destination while the offers still stand.

Last season, Cahill started 27 Premier League games but scored only twice with two assists. With two years remaining on his current deal, Everton would be wise to cash in now.

Following his full calender year without a goal, Cahill rarely looked like his old self last season; his form improved towards the end of the year and his link-up play with striker Nikica Jelavic began to develop, but with Everton's now stacked midfield Cahill will be a bench-warmer at best next season.

Perhaps the most important reason for Cahill's departure is the pursuit of Steven Pienaar.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp knows how much Everton want Pienaar following his fantastic season with the Blues and the demand may drive the price up.

According to reports, with Cahill fetching a few million to the highest Eastern bidder, Moyes would use the money to bring the South African winger back to Goodison on a permanent basis.

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Most Everton fans, myself included, would welcome the Cahill-for-Pienaar swap.

Everton have few worries in the middle of the park with Marouane Fellaini, Darron Gibson and Jack Rodwell all vying for the centre-midfield role—arguably higher up the pecking order than Cahill.

Moyes started to employ Belgian international Fellaini in the traditional Cahill forward-role towards the end of last season, and he flourished, showing goal-scoring form and solid link-up play.

Whether Moyes believes Fellaini is more suited to this forward role or his more usual, defensive positioning will be key if Cahill is to be let go.

The development of Jack Rodwell will also be important as Moyes will have to plug the defensive gap left by Fellaini with the young Englishman; whether he and his hamstrings are up to the task remains to be seen.

Tim Cahill is an Everton legend and one of my favourite players to ever wear the royal blue of Everton; his loyalty and spirit will be missed but the time has come for a change.

If some Middle Eastern or Chinese club comes knocking on the Goodison door with a few million for the Toffees and wages, both Everton and Cahill would be silly not to accept.

So long Tim, thanks for the memories.

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