Scott Parker & Luka Modrić giving Spurs an early season headache
Sharethematch.com looks at Tottenham's current problems, with Scott Parker injured and Luka Modrić desperate to leave
Parker and Modrić give Spurs early season headache
It seems very likely that Tottenham Hotspur’s Scott Parker could miss the start of the season to undergo surgery on an Achilles injury. It is the last thing Andre Villas-Boas needs to hear right now with Luka Modrić’s probable transfer once again hanging over the team.
Tottenham suffered at the start of last season as Daniel Levy remained adamant the Croatian would not be going anywhere, and once Modrić was secured for the season, Spurs flourished.
However, with Modrić recently fined for refusing to train, it has become increasingly important for Villas-Boas to shift the talented but disruptive star.
His willingness to do so could be hampered by Parker’s ongoing injury concerns, with the 31-year-old struggling towards the end of last season before going on to play all of England’s Euro 2012 games.
Villas-Boas will be desperate to have Parker fit for the new season as soon as possible, after the Tottenham midfielder played a starring role in Spurs’ fourth-place finish last season.
While it has not necessarily been the smooth start to his Tottenham reign that Villas-Boas would have hoped for, the sooner he can offload Modric the better.
Tottenham are capable of replicating – even improving – on last season’s finish, but to do so Levy must allow Modrić to leave and let Villas-Boas concentrate on those who want to play for him.
Cahill moves on to the Big Apple
It is always sad to see a Premier League mainstay move on. Cahill has been the consummate professional in the Premier League ever since his heroic 2003-04 season, where he was one of the stars of the Millwall side which made the FA Cup final, and it convinced Everton to splash out £1.5m on him.
And now he is set for a £1m move to the MLS to link up with Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls.
Considered by David Moyes as one of his best ever signings, Cahill has had some truly fantastic seasons, although it may be the right time for a move to the USA because his form has undoubtedly slipped in the last two years.
The 32-year-old midfielder has a remarkable goal scoring record for his country with 24 goals in 55 games. And he is certainly in the top five Australian players to have ever played in the Premier League along with Mark Viduka, Mark Schwarzer, Harry Kewell (at Leeds) and Lucas Neill.
Arguably, he has been the most successful although it is very much arguably when you look at Schwarzer’s longevity, Viduka’s superb time at Leeds which saw him linked with Manchester United, and Kewell’s huge potential which stagnated at Liverpool.
But the former Samoa Under-20s player was top scorer for Everton in his first season with 11 league goals, won the Fans’ Player of the Season and even made the 50-man shortlist for the Ballon D’Or.
Known for his fantastic ability in the air despite his short, slim stature, he went on to score 68 goals for Everton and made it into a double figures for the season a further two times.
However, with just three goals and three assists last season, his influence had clearly waned and his move does clear the way for Everton to bring back in Steven Pienaar.
And so Cahill leaves after eight seasons at Goodison, with the love of thousands of Scousers and the respect of most Premier League fans behind him.