Lee Carsley believes that labelling Tim Cahill as an Everton legend is wide of the mark.
Carsley made 198 appearances for the Toffees during his time on Merseyside and, whilst he admits that Cahill was a fantastic player for the Blues, he also believes that the term ‘legend’ is too often bandied about in the present day and that it should be reserved for players who win silverware.
“Tim was definitely one of the best I played with, but the word great is bandied about far too easily,” Carsley explained.
“The biggest regret of my days at Everton, and I’m sure Tim’s as well, is that we didn’t win anything.
“Every year they’d have the player of the year dos and they’d bring out the former players who had won the FA Cups and played in all the great sides – they’re the great players, the ones who’ve won something.
“I wouldn’t say the team was built around Tim, but he had a large say in us going forward, obviously with myself and Tommy Gravesen sat in there he would bomb on.
“He never gave anything less than 100 per cent.”