David Moyes urges Tim Cahill to fire up Everton team-mates ahead of Merseyside derby

28 November 2009 07:00
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DAVID MOYES today called for Tim Cahill to re-create the form which made him the player other teams hate to face.

The Everton boss said the 29-year-old stand-in skipper is the right man to fire his team-mates up, and get their confidence flowing again on derby day.

Australian international Cahill has struggled to reach his usual heights this season, scoring just twice so far and having to play out of position regularly.

He has also missed the influence of his friend Mikel Arteta, who is recovering from a serious knee injury in Spain.

Moyes said: 'I think Tim did better in midweek against Hull than he has done this season.

'He is missing one or two of his buddies in the team who have helped him, but he needs to realise now it's up to him to drag everyone along as well and take on a different type of responsibility.

'I speak to him and the other players all the time when I don't think they've been doing it. I don't wait until the derby.

'Tim in the past has come up with really important goals - not just in derby games but against the Chelseas and Man Uniteds and you've seen what he's done for Australia in big games.

'I think he is well aware his form is below what it should be normally.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo