Tim Cahill: Everton have lost their identity

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The Australian attacker isn't happy with how the club have changed since his glory days there

After making 226 appearances for Everton, the club clearly still holds a very special place in Tim Cahill's heart and the Socceroos striker is concerned by the current state of the Premier League side.

Under new coach Sam Allardyce, the Toffees have scraped together results and currently sit ninth after a rocky start to the season but fans have voiced their anger over the style in which they're playing. 

Everton drew 1-1 with Swansea on Saturday with fans turning on their side even when they were ahead by chanting: 'We're sh** and we're one-nil up'.

Cahill, who joined the club in 2004 and left eight years later with 56 goals to his name, voiced his own worries about the nature of the club right now.

"It's confusing and I think (the fans) are confused too," Cahill told Sky's Goals on Sunday.

"I feel we've lost our identity as a club. I feel like there's nothing that we're really stamping and building around.

"Now it seems that we're just making signings and the chemistry is not there.

"It's difficult to watch if I'm honest because of the quality."

The 38-year-old noted that though Everton have the finances available, money doesn't guarantee a certain style nor the right attitude from players. 

"You want a big owner with money. OK, we've got that, but that doesn't always bring you success overnight," he said.

"But I know the fans want some passion, they want an identity.

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"When you look back to Roberto Martinez's style of football maybe the Everton fans were impatient.

"Under David Moyes maybe they thought it was getting stale. But now you can appreciate what you've lost."

After stints in America, China and Australia, Cahill is back in England with Championship side Milwall as he pushes for selection in a fourth straight World Cup with the Socceroos.

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