Everton’s great start to the current campaign continued this weekend, as despite disappointment with the result at the DW Stadium they again impressed.
The summer saw plenty of to-ing and fro-ing in the club's transfer market with the successful acquisitions of Kevin Mirallas, Steven Pienaar and Steven Naismith coming as players also left the club.
Joseph Yobo was a long awaited departure and the sale of Jack Rodwell made financial sense in relation to his injury issues but the move that took many by surprise was David Moyes' decision to move Tim Cahill on to Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls. He joins fellow former Premier League stars Thierry Henry, Teemu Taino and Lloyd Sam at the New Jersey based club and considering his excellent Goodison Park career it came as a genuine surprise.
But could moving him on have been one of the catalysts for this seasons brilliant start?
Firstly there is the obvious financial bonuses of letting one of their highest earners leave the club which has made room on the payroll for the likes of Pienaar and co who have been so influential at the club so far this campaign.
But the fact remains that injuries took a real toil on the latter stages of Tim Cahill’s Everton career and while he would have added depth to an occasionally thin squad he is not being missed on the field.
Even the staunchest supporter of the Australian would have to admit his better days were behind him and the brave decision to let him go seems to be being justified with the results that Everton are currently producing.
While he is no longer missed he was of course a Premier League hero, with his canny ability to possess the right space at the right time and his dolphin like leaping ability that saw him scoring an incredible tally of headed goals followed by that trademark boxing celebration.
So far at the Red Bulls he has played eight times and scored the one goal and while he continues his career in America there is little doubt that selling him was the right move by Moyes.
As for Cahill, any feelings of remorse and resentment toward the club do not seem to be apparent as a few select Tweets show since his move to New York….
Do you think moving on Cahill has improved Everton? And could he return to the Premier League on loan in January?
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