Everton supporters have been reasonably upbeat in recent times after seeing their side pick up a very credible draw in the Premier League on Sunday.
Marco Silva’s men went into their encounter with in-form Chelsea off the back of beating Brighton in their preceding league clash, and thus full of confidence as they made the trip to the capital to face Maurizio Sarri’s Blues. And the Toffees made the journey back to Merseyside with a deserved point following a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, a result which kept Silva’s side in ninth place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many satisfied Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even more from their team as the season wears on, what with the club particularly busy during the recent summer transfer window.
And they will also welcome back midfielder James McCarthy at some stage in the not-too-distant future following a lengthy time out with injury, with the Republic of Ireland international the secret and game-changing weapon just waiting to aid Everton’s push for European football this term.
Ultimately, it has been a testing few years for the former Wigan Athletic star with injuries seriously disrupting his playing time, what with knee and hamstring problems keeping him out of the first half of last season, only for a leg break in their 1-1 draw with West Brom back in January to rule him out for the remainder of the campaign, and indeed throughout this one.
However, it was striking that McCarthy played all four matches between injuries in December and January of last season to underline how highly he was regarded by former boss Sam Allardyce, and while Silva has gone some way to bolstering his midfield department with the signing of Andre Gomes, having the 27-year-old back will feel like a new signing.
The Irishman, capped 41 times by his country, is very confident and composed with the ball at his feet but is also combative and does a fine job off the ball as well – there’s a reason he has played 222 times in the Premier League during his career.
And while Idrissa Gueye appears to be the main man in the centre of midfield, albeit Gomes has recently staked a claim with some fine displays, the Toffees do appear to lack genuine strength in depth in that position – Tom Davies and Morgan Schneiderlin haven’t played since the start of October.
Yet McCarthy appears to be exactly what Silva wants from a central midfielder – he is sharp and intelligent on the ball in making key passes forward, while he also presses well off the ball and takes up good positions when defending.
As such, there is little doubting that a player of his quality will feel like a new signing when he returns to full fitness, thus possessing Silva with a secret weapon to help the Toffees in their quest for European qualification.
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