Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Cahill A[euro][approximately]wasted in Midfield'

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Cahill A[euro][approximately]wasted in Midfield'

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FOOTBALL: Tim Cahill could become an out-and-out striker for the new-look Socceroos.

Cahill's scoring exploits from midfield have become the stuff of legend.

But he was thrown into a two-pronged attack in Saturday night's impressive 1-0 friendly victory over highly rated Paraguay, and coach Holger Osieck liked what he saw.

"Tim has that special touch up front," Osieck said.

"He has all the ingredients. He is good in the air, he is good at controlling the ball, he is a good finisher.

"He has power in his strike, even from long distance, and you can only do that when you have an excellent shooting technique.

"Why waste him in the midfield, too far back?

"Then you have the lonely guy up front who doesn't know what to do.

"Without support, you play the ball up, you lose it and the opponent keeps pressing permanently.

"From my understanding of the game it doesn't make sense."

Cahill has flirted with the striking role before. …

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