A pivotal figure in Everton's surge up the Premiership table this season is well known to one of our number, who shared an Olympic experience with the free-scoring midfielder.
Spase Dilevski featured with Tim Cahill for Australia at the Athens games and Cahill's Premiership progress since joining Everton from Millwall in the summer is of no surprise to Spase, who was the youngest member of the Olyroos team that reached the quarter-final stage before being defeated by Iraq.
"The way he is playing now is unbelievable," reflected the reserve team winger. "I got to play with him at the Olympics and have seen a lot of him. I always knew he was a good player, but now he is at the top level and is proving himself.
"He maybe wasn't expected to start all the time but is one of the main men in the team. He scores goals and is good in the air for someone who is not the tallest."
Cahill's international introduction was a delayed one due to playing for the Soloman Islands at youth level, but Spase says the Australians are now reaping the benefit.
"He played there when he was young and regulations wouldn't let him play for Australia until this year. It is a big boost for Australia, they are always looking for good players and he is a very good one."