This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
A deal that many Everton fans may look back on and wonder why it even happened in the first place, was their appointment of James McCarthy. The Blues brought him in from Wigan for a £13 million fee (via Independent), but in hindsight, maybe they shouldn’t have even bothered.
The Glaswegian turned Republic of Ireland international hardly painted his name in lights during his time with the Merseyside outfit. Amassing 133 appearances in blue, McCarthy managed to muster up just six goals and ten assists (via Transfermarkt) which works out to be a goal every 22 matches. Not exactly ideal numbers for a central midfielder.
How would you rate James McCarthy at Everton?
His final couple of seasons with Everton were riddled with injuries. Before he was sold in 2019, the 29-year-old suffered a a leg fracture and was out of action for almost 12 months. Despite returning to fitness, McCarthy was dropped almost completely from the first team squad, featuring just once in the 2018/19 season – a 14 minute cameo against Manchester United.
The ROI international’s stint at Goodison Park ended last summer, when Crystal Palace came knocking with a £3million bid to acquire his services. Snatching their hand off so as not to miss another chance to offload him, Everton banked the money and accepted a hefty loss on the fee they originally paid.
Following the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, the Blues’ transfer tactics seem a lot smarter. The Italian is using his links to Serie A to coax proven players into joining the Everton set up. Hopefully with the 60-year-old in charge, the club won’t make a similar mistake in the near future.
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