Everton supporters were in fantastic spirits in the Transfer Tavern last night after seeing their side convincing sweep aside West Ham 4-0 at Goodison Park to move up to 13th in the Premier League table, and thus give manager-to-be Sam Allardyce some encouragement ahead of his imminent appointment as Ronald Koeman’s successor.
The Toffees have been without a permanent boss since the club’s hierarchy wielded the axe on the Dutchman back on October 23, after overseeing a horrendous start to the season which saw the Merseyside outfit sit in the league’s bottom three. And although things haven’t improved greatly under caretaker manager David Unsworth, the former defender did end his reign with victory as a Wayne Rooney hat-trick alongside an Ashley Williams header secured an easy win for Everton over struggling West Ham, thus inflicting further misery on former Toffees chief David Moyes upon his return to Goodison Park.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Evertonians in the Tavern in the last few hours, many of whom are eagerly anticipating the new era under boss Allardyce, who is expected to be announced as manager prior to their clash with Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
Elsewhere, what with the January transfer window fast approaching, several of our resident Toffees fans have been speculating upon who could leave their club in the New Year, and one name that cropped up regularly in their discussion was midfielder James McCarthy.
The Republic of Ireland international has managed just one appearance for the Merseysiders so far this season and that came all the way back on October 25 in their Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea, and he has since not appeared in any of Unsworth’s matchday squads.
And many Evertonians reckon that the 27-year-old could be on his way in January, and one possible destination is Villa Park given that Aston Villa reportedly expressed an interest in McCarthy during the summer.
And were the Irishman to indeed make the move to the Midlands giants, here are TWO other Everton stars who could follow him to Steve Bruce’s side…
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