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Everton star Cahill: I have played better

Everton star Tim Cahill doesn't regard himself as a striker.

Even though he is currently carrying the weight of Goodison's striking expectations on his shoulders, the 30-year-old insists his role as a link-up man between midfield and attack is about far more than just scoring crucial goals.

"I don't feel like an out and out striker because I've never played as one really for Everton" says Cahill, fresh from picking up the club's player of the month award.

"Against Sunderland was the first time I've ever had the licence to go up and stay up, but it's in me to come back and defend.

"Obviously I win the first, and second balls and try to close down defenders but straight after I do that I'm back into the midfield trying to make sure everything is closed up.

"Then I'm back defending corners and free kicks. It's a bit of a mixed role I suppose.

In terms of centre forwards these days most don't run 12 kilometres a game."

Despite some typically swash-buckling performances, including goals against Liverpool in the Goodison derby and Manchester United, the Socceroo does not feel he is in the form of his life.

"I'm not sure if I'm in the form of my life" he says. "The first season I came here was fantastic. I just want to be consistent.

"I suppose just because the goals have come, people talk about it being my best season but the one thing I maintain under this manager is the importance of him making sure I'm not only playing well, but training well and keeping my body fit."

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