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Tim Cahill contemplating EPL loan move?

Jun 26, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

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If it is good enough for Thierry Henry, David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, then New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill might as well jump on the bandwagon.

Cahill revealed to the Australian media that he may seek a loan move back to England during the MLS offseason, as he prepares for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“My first option would be to go on loan to the Premier League or somewhere in Europe,” Cahill said. “It all depends on the scenario – how my body is, where I’m at and whether I need it. Maybe my body might not need it and maybe it will, so we’ll assess in due course.”

So what do you think of that, RBNY fans? My guess is that you’re probably not too happy about it.

Does Cahill, at the ripe old age of 33, really need more soccer under his belt during his downtime? Perhaps. Like he said, he knows his own body and leading up to the last World Cup the Socceroos legend played a full EPL season and feel great going into South Africa 2010.

(MORE: Cahill’s Australia qualify for 2014 World Cup in Brazil)

But with the extensive travel in MLS and plenty of other factors leading into continuous soccer for 12 months, will Cahill still be able to produce the goods when he returns to MLS from the World Cup? Or will he need to take a five or six week break then?

Either way he really is putting country before club in this scenario, if he does decide to make a loan move abroad.

That being said, which English Premier League team would take Cahill for a loan spell during the MLS offseason? Perhaps a return to Everton could be on the cards, and maybe David Moyes will use Cahill off the bench at Manchester United for a few months. That would be pretty special.

Now were are just flat out speculating and I’m sure Cahill probably has a few clubs lined up already as possible destinations. But if an EPL move doesn’t materialize one way or another, I can’t see him heading to any teams elsewhere in Europe for a short stint.

But the big question for me is, will Cahill be mocked and taunted like Beckham was for joining AC Milan on loan during the 2010 MLS offseason and then extending it? Or will fans of the New York Red Bulls rally around Cahill’s efforts to be in top shape for the World Cup, just as they supported Henry’s return to Arsenal on loan?

Only time will tell as this story unfolds. Expect Cahill to be chatting more about this in the coming weeks as he returns to the USA.

  1. talgrath - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    The question isn’t whether or not it’s a good idea for him, it’s does anyone want him in the EPL? Cahill is 33 and not nearly as good as the players mentioned above.

    • charliej11 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      No there is a huge question mark as to whether this is good for him too.

      So he is going to be burned out with WCup and MLS, so he wants to add more to his plate. IF I am NY, I say no way in heck, we need you come playoff time.

      Playing year round probably makes a lot of sense moneywise for these guys, but we have already seen there is burn out. Pissing away your season so you can help a midlevel English team finish a little higher mid level is a complete and utter waste of part of your career.

      Quality over quanity.

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