At the moment of writing this, Marco Silva’s comments, reported in The Liverpool Echo, indicate that James McCarthy will be allowed to leave Everton.
Speaking about the Republic of Ireland international potentially leaving, he said: “It’s one possibility of course. Let’s see what the decision will be for the next few days.
“For this match I went with other players, they worked better during the week and they are more ready to play and to help the team.”
McCarthy has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace this summer by The Liverpool Echo, though they may need to take less than the £10m they were said to be aiming for if they are to offload him.
McCarthy has made 97 starts and eight substitute appearances during his time as an Everton player, as per WhoScored.
However, through a mixture of injuries and form he has struggled to make much of an impact in recent years, managing just one substitute appearances last season, which lasted 14 minutes.
Even in the two campaigns prior to that he only managed a combined 10 starts and six substitute appearances, showing how much his influence at Goodison Park has declined.
There was a time where McCarthy was a key player for Everton – making 31 starts in the 2013/14 season – but he is now a player the club can afford to let go without feeling much of a loss on the pitch when looking at the reasons above.
That he hasn’t seemingly even been able to impress during training judging by Silva’s comments is pretty damning, so it will be best for him if he is able to go away and get some game time elsewhere.
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