Everton legend Tim Cahill recent made fresh headlines in England when he became Australia’s all-time leading goal-scorer at the ground where it all began – Millwall’s New Den.
But seeing the elation on his face and the trademark corner-flag celebration, Toffees fans would also have been forgiven for reminiscing about Cahill’s time at Goodison Park, during which he scored 68 goals.
Now playing in the MLS, both Cahill and his former club have moved on. But recent comments from another player made me wonder if Everton should move for someone who has the potential to be ‘the new Cahill’; an attacking midfielder-cum-forward with the talent to both score and create.
Speaking to the Premier League’s official website, the Tottenham player currently on loan at Fulham said, “My dad wants to see me in the blue of Everton and had a tear in his eye when he saw me play for Spurs against Everton.”
This is not the first time Holtby senior has made the papers.
Back in November, a picture of him smiling proudly in a Toffees shirt made it into the dailies as Spurs prepared to face Roberto Martinez’s side.
And with Holtby’s future at White Hart Lane unclear, it could be a smart piece of business if the club he grew up supporting make their move.
With Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu likely to leave at the end of their loan spells, a new goal-threat or two will be required to maintain Everton’s impressive form under their new boss.
Holtby can be a consistent goal-threat and he has a canny eye for a pass. And at 23, he is old enough to know what he is good at but young enough to still improve.
Much could depend on who is in charge at Tottenham next season. But if Holtby is given the chance to play regularly, and in his natural position, he could become just as prolific as the legendary Aussie.
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