Cahill poised to lead Everton attack

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2010, 09:19 AM IST

London: Everton manager David Moyes is set to ask Tim Cahill to lead his misfiring attack for Sunday`s visit of Birmingham.

The Toffees have clawed their back up to 14th in the Premier League thanks to a morale-boosting 2-1 win win over Manchester City on Monday, but scoring goals remain a problem for the Liverpool side.

Everton`s forwards have managed just three goals between them in 18 Premier League games - but Australian midfielder Cahill is having no such trouble.

He netted his ninth of the campaign in the win at City and Moyes is considering pushing him right into the front line.

Victor Anichebe started up front at Eastlands but was sent off and is now suspended while Louis Saha, Ayegbeni Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford have all laboured for little reward this term.

But with Steven Pienaar hoping to return from injury and Mikel Arteta back from suspension, Moyes has the midfield options that could make moving Cahill feasible.

"I wanted all the strikers to get a chance to see if they could find their form, get the goals, but in truth they haven`t. Nobody has really stepped forward," Moyes said.

"At the moment we are probably close to starting Tim Cahill as a centre forward because we are not getting enough goals from the forwards that are there."

"We have tried every avenue. We are struggling to find a way to score goals and I need to find one."

Any solution involving Cahill, however, can only be temporary as the 31-year-old will be joining up with his Australia team-mates for the Asian Cup after the January 1 game against Stoke.

Bureau Report