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Legend of Cahill Continues

Last December, I wrote a post detailing the impressive late-game exploits of Everton and Australia attacking midfielder Tim Cahill.

There is no doubt that Cahill is the most clutch player in the world, bar none. Cristiano Ronaldo? No. Lionel Messi? Nope. Fernando Torres? No.

If your team needs a goal to either equalize or win a match, Cahill is the man for you. He has a remarkable knack for being in the right place at the right time, and most importantly, burying the chance. Cahill isn’t what you’d call a natural goalscorer, it just seems like every goal he does score is so important, so significant. He’ll often pop up from nowhere to convert the finish, which is amazing because you’d think opposing defenders would be marking him so tightly given his reputation and penchant for heroics.

He struck again today, scoring the 77th-minute winner off a corner kick in Everton’s 3-2 victory over Stoke City, rescuing the three points after Stoke had climbed back from 2-0 down. He also had the assist on Yakubu’s goal, which put the Toffees two goals to the good. That’s Timmy Cahill in a nutshell for you. He gets himself in the right position and when he gets an opportunity, he makes it count. He’s gutsy and hard-nosed and is at his best when the situation means the most. That’s the type of player I’ll take on my team any day.

His only problem is a significant one — staying healthy. He missed the start of this season with a fractured metatarsal, the same one that caused him to miss a considerable amount of time last year. A knee injury cost him eight weeks in late 2006. Various knocks and nagging injuries have blighted Cahill’s career, but when he’s fit, he’s extraordinarily valuable.

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  1. Michael

    September 15, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Beaten by 21 minutes? Huh?

    ihuy01, fair point about Gerrard. He's certainly a clutch player as well (see his recent goal against Boro, for starters, and then all the other late goals he's scored for Liverpool).

  2. Raatzie

    September 15, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Beaten by 21 minutes.

  3. ihuy01

    September 15, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Steven Gerrard is ridiculously good in these 'clutch situations'. And i'm an Australian!

  4. Kartik

    September 14, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Maybe he's the most clutch in the PL but Diego has been soooo clutch for Bremen the last year creating late goals and scoring some himself.

  5. eplnfl

    September 14, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    It was a great goal. If you haven't seen it go to a highlight site now! One of the ten best of the year already. Also, just a great game between the two teams. It was nice to have a great game on a Sunday without one of the Big 4 or is that now 41/2?

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