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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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Goal drought not a Concern for Cahill

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill insists he is not concerned about his current goal drought and is confident his scoring form will return.

The Australia international has not found the net for the Toffees since last December.

For a player who has scored his fair share of goals at club and international level - 65 in 251 appearances for Everton and 57 in 250 for Millwall - it has been a frustrating time.

However, Cahill, just turned 32, is determined to keep plugging away in search of that elusive breakthrough.

"I feel good in games and the goal will come - if it doesn't then that's football," he told Press Association Sport.

"That is the biggest test that is thrown at you.

"As long as I am contributing I don't always have to be the one that scores.

"If I am setting people up and I am making that one extra run or tackle it might make a difference.

"If I am not the one scoring then hopefully someone else is to make sure we win.

"What do you do? Do you stop playing football, do you stop going on the pitch?

"It is what you do. It is the best game in the world and something that I love and the fans know I give everything.

"That is life and I am a professional. I am blessed playing in one of the best leagues, on one of the biggest stages in the world, and if I wasn't consistent and not playing well it would be even harder but I feel fantastic."

Everton have endured a tough run of matches against Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea twice (once in the Carling Cup), Manchester United and surprise package Newcastle.

But Cahill said coming up against top opposition had no bearing on how he approached the game.

"It doesn't matter whether you play Chelsea twice in two weeks, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, you are not going to not want to play because you haven't scored a goal," he added.

"They are the games you want to play in, whether you are playing defensively or you are attacking.

"When it (the goal) goes in you'll have to find something else to write about."

Manager David Moyes said a couple of weeks ago he thought January's Asian Cup had impacted on Cahill more than he realised but he backed the midfielder to come good in front of goal.

Cahill himself admits he struggled through the second half of last season, such was his commitment to Everton's cause, but he feels fine now.

"Me and the gaffer have a great relationship," he added.

"He knows as well as I that I was not fit and shouldn't have played but sometimes you have to take one for the team, like Jags (Phil Jagielka) has been doing for the last month getting injections in his toe.

"The end of last season was written off because of my injuries but I had a good pre-season and I have come back feeling unbelievable.

"You want to do well for your club, that is what I have always said and I've wanted the fans to know that. That is all that matters."

Cahill's relationship with the club he has spent more than seven seasons at is being cemented further after they agreed to allow four youngsters, who will be chosen from his January coaching clinics in Australia and flown to England at his own expense, to spend a week at Everton's academy.

Everton's senior academy development officer Robbie Anderson already co-ordinates the coaching side of Cahill's initiatives Down Under.

"The most important thing for me is the manager and chairman (Bill Kenwright) have supported me on and off the pitch my whole career," said Cahill.

"They agreed the basics of having the kids come to Everton and enjoy the experience of training with the Academy and watching the first team play.

"What I learn here I can take back to Australia. I have been lucky enough to learn my whole career, at Everton and at Millwall.

"One of the biggest professionals I have ever learned from is Phil Neville. He played for one of the biggest teams in the world (Manchester United), he's been there and won it but I get to train with him every day and see the way he applies himself.

"Another great professional was Mikel Arteta (Cahill will face his former team-mate against Arsenal on Saturday).

"I pick up ideas from these guys, taking the best from each person, and I try to develop the ideas in a kid-friendly way.

"I want to pass on what I have learnt, to the kids of Australia, through my coaching clinics."

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