Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the remainder of the summer transfer window, what with their team expected to appoint Marco Silva as their new manager in the near future.
The former Watford and Hull City chief has been repeatedly linked with the vacant post at Goodison Park ever since Sam Allardyce was relieved of his duties earlier this month, this all after the Englishman led the club to an eighth place finish in the Premier League. However, his style of play and tactics came under fire from Toffees fans as the season wore on, and the club’s hierarchy decided to act in the aftermath of the campaign by parting with the 64-year-old after just seven months in charge.
And Silva looks set to be the man in the hotseat at Goodison Park, and one man he could seek to reunite with is Sporting midfielder William Carvalho, with recent reports linking the Portugal international with a move to the blue half of Merseyside.
And were the £22.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) to indeed make the move to Everton, it would all but end James McCarthy’s stint in the North West.
The 27-year-old made the move to Goodison Park back in 2013 to reunite with former Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez at the club, and while he was a regular under the Spaniard, he fell down the pecking order under Ronald Koeman.
In fact, the Republic of Ireland international only managed 12 Premier League appearances in the 2016/17 campaign, with injury playing a part in his struggles, while a hamstring problem alongside a broken leg this term restricted McCarthy to just four league appearances for the Toffees.
Yes, one could argue that the 27-year-old may well be close to the first team were it not for his recurrent injury problems, but in Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies, Wayne Rooney, and Morgan Schneiderlin, the latter’s whose form improved as the season drew to a close, the new manager will have more reliable options to choose from than McCarthy, let alone if Carvalho also joins the club.
And without European football, and the possible rotation that that competition could bring, it’s difficult to see where McCarthy fits in at Goodison Park next term, with Gueye without doubt the best central midfielder at the club, while messrs Davies and Schneiderlin have also performed well.
Rooney’s future is obviously in doubt given reports of a possible move to DC United, but even if he were to move on, McCarthy is struggling for regular football at Everton – Carvalho’s arrival will only serve to push him even further down the pecking order, and possibly out of the club altogether.
As such, if the Portugal international does indeed reunite with manager-elect Silva at Everton, it could well spell the end of McCarthy’s stint at Goodison Park.
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