HEAD boy Tim Cahill is on target to enjoy his best ever goal-scoring season with Everton – but still insists he should have scored more.
The Toffees attacker has already scored eight for the Blues, and displayed his perfectionist streak by admitting he should nevertheless be closer to his previous bumper tally of 12, in his debut campaign.
Cahill, 31, will be gunning for Manchester City tonight at Eastlands, and while he is hungry for more goals, he insists he would not have an appetite for the type of expensively assembled squad available to Roberto Mancini.
He said: “I probably should be on a few more goals than I already have. I think this year I have focused a lot more on trying to stay fit and trying to make sure I complete 90 minutes and that I train every day and don’t miss a session Monday to Friday.
“As you get older people question you and they seem to try and find holes in your game. Once you have been at a club for a long time it gets harder rather than easier and I want to keep giving my best every single day.
“What has happened there (at Eastlands) is a dream come true for them but it is also hard for them to put all those ingredients together in a way that will give them a team with longevity.
“What we have here is a close group, a good base of lads who really love the club and with youngsters coming through constantly – I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
The Aussie’s habit of bagging vital goals has been more useful than ever during a season when the Blues have struggled for goals.
But Everton have recent history on their side tonight; having won five of their last six matches against the Citizens and emerging victorious on their last three trips to the City of Manchester Stadium.
And on the last two occasions, Cahill has been the man doing the damage – heading a last minute winner two seasons ago and notching the crucial opener last term.
He said: “Man City are a big team now with where they are in the table and in the world of football. They are a team pretty much mentioned in every conversation about football with what happens there on and off the park.
“It is nice for their fans for it to have changed around so quickly because I can remember playing against Man City when they were in the lower leagues not that long ago.
“For us we have good players and we get excited about these big games. They have got some big names but we are capable of competing with anyone and this is a massive game.
“We love going to big stadiums and playing big teams like Manchester City. We relish the opportunity of playing one of the biggest teams in the world at the moment. It is all there for us to take.”
Among Cahill’s eight goals this season have been his 50th for Everton and his 100th career league goal.
Meanwhile, David Moyes is cautiously optimistic Steven Pienaar could yet play a part in the clash with Manchester City, and the South African used his Twitter page to update fans with his own hopes that he could feature.
Pienaar had previously written that he would need seven days to recover from a groin injury, but Moyes hopes the extra rest period until tonight’s game will have given the South African enough time to recover.