Okay lets put the microscope on Cahill this time, because while i agree that his aerial stats are absolutely fine there are other areas that are slightly bugging me.
If you ask any Everton fan who is their best player, more often than not they will utter the words 'Tim Cahill', because no other player gives more for their team, no other player possesses the determination and raw ability that he has.
Lets start with:
I'm not happy with this number, i don't think it quite does Timmy justice. His positioning in attack is one of the best in the team, and that includes the strikers. In fact i would go as far to say that this mans positioning is as good as the guy who just received 400 appearences for a certain London club - Frank Lampard. Now Frank sits on an 85 and that seems like a perfectly respectable number.
If you're not convinced just look at pretty much every corner Everton ever take, he is almost always in the right position. Look at crosses that come flying in to the box from both the left and the right, if the opposition defence doesn't get to it first he will be right there waiting. He also has great positioning around the box too and finds space superbly well when needed.
In case you were wondering, this puts him 1 ahead of both Rooney and Gerrard, and again this is completely justified. Don't be blinded or fooled by the names i'm comparing him with here, simply look at the facts, and how often Cahill finds himself attacking in a superb position. I suppose Pavyluchenko is a prime example of who he is on par with, constantly finding those free positions inside the box that allow him to get his head on the ball, and hopefully into the back of the net.
Tim's balance also needs a raise in my opinion, not only for his dominance on set pieces, but also his overall play. He is constantly holding the ball up for his team, and while he does get pushed off it every now and again he is generally pretty strong and can shrug off a good few challenges. What i'm proposing is a 1 point increase:
The reason for this number is a combination of his strength to hold off people whilst vying for headers and such in and around the box, and his general overall strength across the pitch. which sadly isn't his greatest attribute but an area he is still pretty strong in.
Lets compare him to Liverpool's club captain Steven Gerrard who sits on an 87, both have great strength, but in this case Stevie G does a slightly better job all over the pitch of staying on his feet when knocked or tackled, whilst Cahill tends to get shrugged off on occasion. However if you were to just compare them in dead ball situations where he is holding off players who are all over him, then Cahill would merit a higher value. As it is i think i've come to a nice balance (pardon the pun) in the numbers.
This value bugs me. Yes he can last a full 90 minutes, but that has a lot to do with his condition. For somebody who gets injured so often he has a superb way of keeping himself fit and ready for when he finally does have his chance to get back into the action. He is actually probably one of the best for this in the entire world, look at Torres, he has had a few games to get match fit now and he is still looking a little off. I actually propose a value a slight bit lower than what he currently sits on, and that value is:
Not a great distance off his current value but it certainly sits him in the ladders a lot better. After all Cahill isn't constantly hounding players like Rooney (93) or Tevez (94) so that's a huge part of why he doesnt get tired, if you watch him he will jog around until the time calls and that's when he will begin to harass players and get up into their faces. I think he would be much better suited with his strong condition and a value that matches him up to the likes of Ballack (91) and Lampard (90), who are obviously still amazingly competent in this area.
Top Speed: 78
Probably the area that lets Tim Cahill down the most, his speed. If he had great bursts of speed then he would be up there with the greatest, sadly he has to reply on his fantastic determination and positioning instead, although he does that pretty darn well if i do say so. Now do you think i'm going to say up or down here? I'm actually going to say both, because i believe his top speed to be a slight bit lower than this, yet his acceleration when running past people and running into a key area aren't the worst in the world. Here are the figures i''m proposing:
Top Speed: 76
Puts him level on speed with the likes of Xabi Alonso of Liverpool, but don't fret because it's that value in acceleration that makes him so lifelike it's unreal. It's the same value that Gerrard sits on in that area, although there's not really too much point in comparing it that way because with different top speeds it's pretty much irrelevant.
Oh and while we're here i'll touch upon the agility disscussion. Not the greatest of attributes for Timmy if i'm being honest. He can at least wiggle himself out of a tight spot every now and again, much like Gerrard has been known to do on occasion, but doesn't do it quite as well nor as consistently as the red man. I would leave this attribute the way it stands.
Nearly there now, i just thought i'd stick all my recommendations at the bottom for easy reference:
Top Speed: 76
Here's what his stats would look like with the above changes implemented:
Top Speed: 76
Dribble Accuracy: 75
Dribble Speed: 76
Short Pass Accuracy: 80
Short Pass Speed: 82
Long Pass Acc.: 75
Long Pass Speed: 76
Shot Accuracy: 78
Shot Power: 80
Shot Technique: 84
Free Kick Accuracy: 69
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 85