i dont think (newcastle game aside) we have any problem at all in passing from front to back. Even the first 30 minutes against united, we outpassed them completely. And held siege to the villa defence.
Our problem isnt here, its the final third.
In the final third, we are so slow its laughable. We get the ball into a decent crossing position and somehow it ends up back with Distin. The simple quick one-two that teams like Arsenal play, that carves through the defence dont seem to enter our heads. Now and again we provide it down the left when pienaar and baines combine with quick, short passing. Whats worse is that having driven the opposition back into their own box, we dont possess anyone who can provide a decent shot at goal from range. Ben arfa turned and smashed his shot from range. But we rarely achieve it.
cahill has nowhere near the same affect trying to head in a crowded box. A one-on-one header from a cross via a quick breakout and i would put my money on him, but rarely where there are several players there with him.