Former Everton ace to turn down Sunderland

Tim Cahill

Former Everton ace Tim Cahill is set to snub a proposed loan move to Premier League strugglers Sunderland.

Cahill left Everton over the summer to go and link up with Major League Soccer side, the New York Red Bulls. With the MLS season over, there had been suggestions Cahill could link up with the Black Cats on a short term loan deal.

However, a source close to the player has said the loan deal is unlikely considering the current ambition of the Australian midfielder and the position that Sunderland find themselves in so far this season.

There is no doubt that Sunderland need some attacking fire power because they are one of the lowest scoring Premier League sides this season with a tally of just 21 goals both home and away.

Cahill would certainly have an impact in this area and drastically improve Sunderland’s creativity and chances of scoring goals.

During his time at Everton, Cahill had a habit of ghosting into advanced positions around the pitch which allowed him to exploit space almost undetected because of his pace and low centre of gravity.

He is also one of the best in the business when it comes to an aerial threat from a visually small player. He scored a high volume of goals for Everton from set pieces and crosses.

It is understandable why Cahill’s name is doing the rounds as a possible loan player because he has scored just one goal in 12 appearances for his new American side.

This is a low ratio and one which is likely to frustrate the Australian. A short term move back to England, or Europe, could be beneficial to him as he is used to the style and pace of the football and it would allow him to find some confidence.

There have also been reports that Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers are also in the loan market for Cahill but it’s difficult to see a move to either considering Sunderland are in the best league position out of the three teams.

However, the biggest stumbling block to any loan move back to England could be the fact that Cahill turned down the chance to stay in England last summer.

This suggests he is intent on seeing through the new challenge he has created for himself in the USA, equipped with the fact that New York sporting Director Andy Roxburgh has previously voiced his opinions against players from the side going on loan.

Is Cahill even still good enough to play in the Premier League?

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