According to a recent report from The Liverpool Echo, Everton’s James McCarthy is nearing a return to action following a lengthy injury lay-off. The Republic of Ireland international has not featured for the Toffees since suffering a horrific broken leg against West Brom in the Premier League back in January, although reports suggest that he is nearing a return to Marco Silva’s side.
And with the return of the Republic of Ireland international seemingly very close, his reappearance in first team plans could prompt manager Silva into making a very tough decision indeed, namely that of dropping Morgan Schneiderlin.
Ultimately, the France international hasn’t enjoyed the best of times since moving to Goodison Park back in 2017, this all after a testing spell at Manchester United in which the midfielder failed to replicate his Southampton form at Old Trafford.
And while he started reasonably well at Everton, and has started this season relatively solidly as well, he endured a very tricky time last term in regularly going missing in games and failing to do the business in the middle of the park – ultimately, he flattered to deceive on too many occasions.
Yes, the 28-year-old deserves credit for a solid start to this season under Silva, but one cannot forget just how poor the Frenchman was for the Toffees last term, and in the early stages of Silva’s reign at Goodison Park, he’ll surely still be wondering exactly what his best team is.
And Republic of Ireland international McCarthy could well be a part of it at the expense of Frenchman Schneiderlin.
The 27-year-old struggled with knee and hamstring injuries in the first half of last season before returning on December 30 against Bournemouth, and the fact that he then appeared in each of the three matches after that underlines just how highly he is rated at Goodison Park.
And given he has genuine ability on the ball and isn’t afraid to get stuck in and put himself about in the middle of the park, he could well be an asset to Silva in the heart of the midfield as he seeks to take the Toffees towards the European places this term.
Ultimately, it appears that the way McCarthy plays could well be exactly what Silva is looking for in the midfield area, and with Idrissa Gueye seemingly the main man in that department, his return doesn’t look particularly good for Frenchman Schneiderlin.
In fact, the return of the 27-year-old could prompt Silva into a particularly tricky decision, namely that of dropping Schneiderlin.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!