The stereotypical professional is certainly a concept cemented within past generations in modern day football. Priorities generally associated with the modern game include money, fast cars, headlines and scandal. It is now getting increasingly difficult to find honest, genuine hard-working professionals who are just in it for the love of the game.
Rooney departed on deadline day, giving manager David Moyes nowhere near enough time to fill the gaping hole that Rooney left (in more than one sense…). Tim Cahill was snapped up for a mere £1.5 million from Championship side Millwall, hardly a transfer to excite the fans who were beginning to cope with life without future global superstar Rooney. However in the face of adversity, Tim Cahill has worked with a fighting attitude that his native Australian kangaroo would be proud of.
Despite his size he has become renowned within the Premier League as one of the greatest header of a ball in the game. His flair and commitment to Everton Football Club is second to none. The best way to personify Cahill would be as a loyal battered dog. He’s certainly taken many a knock in his time, nevertheless he will never fail to demonstrate the professionalism he prides himself upon, and has often played with a knock or two with the club at heart.
However unlike most professionals within the game today, he maintains this standard both on and off the pitch. He’s always been associated around the club as being nothing more than a gentleman, ensuring any autograph or picture requests by his horde of fans are duly fulfilled. Most of his actions off the field are certainly family motivated, which is more can be said for a footballing world filled with attention seeking brats such as Mario Balotelli of the world.
It’s been a frustrating season for the Toffee’s so far, with the lack of goals proving to be causing panic at Goodison. With Cahill usually being a reliable source for goals, lack of them has sparked criticism from fans and press alike. His performances this season have been miles away from the Tim Cahill that is respected and held in high regard throughout the country. The frequent knocks and playing through the pain barrier taking it’s toll on the 32 year old, resulting in rusty performances and a year long goal drought.
However we can’t be too harsh on the Australian, who gives everything he can consistently. We need to appreciate the loyalty he has demonstrated throughout his career, and stick by him through this rough patch. He maybe donned “Tiny Tim”, however his impact on Everton Football Club has been more in the lines of tremendous.