The 26-year-old finally returned to the first-team last month after battling a knee injury sustained in pre-season but was promptly sidelined again by a hamstring strain.
McCarthy has been plagued by soft-tissue problems for the past three seasons and his availability has been a source of tension between Ireland and Everton, with the club accusing the former's manager, Martin O'Neill, in the past of rushing the midfielder back into action before he was ready.
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1 Posted 06/11/2017 at 18:49:49
Add a fully fit Coleman, Funes Mori, McCarthy, Barkley and Bolasie and you have a much stronger side. Arguably every one of them could be regular starters.
2 Posted 06/11/2017 at 19:26:29
3 Posted 06/11/2017 at 19:50:23
4 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:04:05
A hard-playing young man whose legs are shot.
5 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:17:20
6 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:26:54
I know some here dont like him, but McCarthy (2014 vintage) was superb.
7 Posted 06/11/2017 at 20:36:32
8 Posted 06/11/2017 at 21:06:55
9 Posted 07/11/2017 at 04:40:33
At his best he was a good player with a fantastic engine, but let's not get carried away with the rose-coloured memories.
Frank and James are right... he just played too many games when he was too young for his body to handle it, and his managers didn't take proper care of a kid with great potential.
11 Posted 07/11/2017 at 10:47:30
Christy (#7) very true. Martinez had a nice media image but was a prick who never learnt!
Mike (#9) I agree. McCarthy was an athlete but very disappointing in his distribution and overall contribution. I think Gana is a much better player with just as good an engine.
He's the kind of player lesser teams sometimes need to run and close down but overall another waste of big money for Everton.
He seemed more of an attacking midfielder for Wigan scoring a few good goals but I think Cleverley was too. Not their fault, simply not good enough to play that position at a top-half team.
Good to see Duffy made it. He's the kind of defender Everton have needed these last few years. Someone who can defend and doesn't get bullied at every set piece. I actually think he could make a return if Dyche or Sam get the job (hopefully niether). Classy Mancini everyday for me.
Anyway here's hoping magic McGeady and Co can get through to the World Cup. Hopefully Northern Ireland to get there too.
12 Posted 07/11/2017 at 13:43:48
14 Posted 07/11/2017 at 19:32:17
15 Posted 08/11/2017 at 08:39:49
He's a good player with a great engine and pressing game, but he needs to be complimented by a more forward thinking player beside him.
What he does do,he does well and we could do with some of that now.
16 Posted 08/11/2017 at 16:02:13
I'd love to see him back in the lineup regularly, but I just don't think it's gonna happen. When you're 26 and your hamstrings are twanging "I Surrender Dear", it doesn't bode well for the future.
17 Posted 08/11/2017 at 18:40:15
18 Posted 08/11/2017 at 20:34:23
My own view would be that his talents would be nowhere near McCarthy's who I consider a very good player. Also agree however, that talent is in the eye of the beholder.
19 Posted 08/11/2017 at 22:17:39
I'm surprised O'Neill and his Neanderthal sidekick haven't resorted to sending him out on crutches
20 Posted 08/11/2017 at 22:48:22
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