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Everton's Cahill reveals methods behind aerial prowess

Everton star Tim Cahill has revealed the reasons why he is one of the world's best aerial players. Despite being just 178cm, the 30-year old has a knack for scoring headed goals, competing aerially with some of the biggest centre-backs in world football to do so.

His 27 goals from headers is by far the best in the Premier League and Cahill revealed the reasons why he is so adept at scoring with his head when he was on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday show.

"Ever since a young age, I've done a lot of plyometrics, jumping and working on things that actually work for me," he said.

"To make sure I can direct the ball to go in the goal when I'm up in the air is something that I make sure I train a lot for to make it work."

Cahill also said that the quality of delivery from the likes of Leighton Baines was a big factor.

"You have to look at the quality of the ball. Bainesy is someone I work a lot with. I get him to put quality crosses in and try to guide them into the net," he added.

"You do so much sports science in football that you can always try to be better at different things in training.

"I suppose I'm lucky enough that I've got that spring but, once you're up there, you have to make sure that the execution is right and that you're strong enough to hold people off.

"These days in football, someone's constantly holding you, nudging you or pushing you - as you could see against Liverpool - so you have to be a bit cute because it gets harder every year."

Andrew Slevison
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