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Moyes calls for Cahill tribute

Toffees boss believes Aussie ace deserves top gong

Cahill: Top performer

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Everton boss David Moyes believes Tim Cahill would be a deserving recipient of this season's Player of the Year award.

The Australian has been pivotal to the Toffees this term, with his versatility enabling him to cover several different roles.

He has operated in his preferred midfield position, as a playmaker charged with opening up defences and as an out-and-out striker.

Noted for his ability to snatch vital goals in big games he has one again proven to be a useful attacking weapon in Moyes' arsenal.

Key strikes at crucial times have helped Everton into sixth spot in the Premier League table, with European qualification now well within reach.

Moyes believes that Cahill's achievements deserve to be acknowledged on a grander stage than that he is awarded at Goodison Park, and hopes the all-action star will be rewarded with such accolades at the end of the season.

Spirit

"I think Tim is all about the spirit he gives to the team and his all round play," said the Toffees manager.

"It's not always just his form in the game, it's what he gives to the team and what he gives to the club.

"Maybe people in time will look at Tim and see him as a player who is worthy of that top spot (player of the season)."

Meanwhile, Everton could be heading to Cahill's homeland over the summer should arrangements for a tour Down Under be put in place without any hitches.

The Toffees have already sounded out Perth Glory as potential pre-season opponents and are currently looking for commitment from another club.

Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC are both believed to be keen, with Cahill expected to be a big draw wherever he goes.