We continue our player by player review of the past Everton season, in which each individual will be recapped and rated. Next up: James McCarthy
After spending much of the year recovering from that horrible leg break suffered last January, James McCarthy’s season totalled 14 minutes off the bench. The Ireland international is now fully recovered but it seems his future may lie away from Merseyside.
Fourteen minutes, six passes, two tackles one interception, no goals and no assists. That’s about it.
After several reserve appearances and some minutes off the bench in the Sportpesa Cup against Gor Mahia in November, McCarthy returned to the first-team squad for the FA Cup tie against Lincoln. He didn’t make it off the bench however and Marco Silva appeared reluctant to play him in the final few weeks of the season. His cameo against Manchester United in April was his only opportunity to impress and he didn’t even make the matchday squad for the final two matches of the season.
McCarthy is believed to be among a clutch of players being made available for sale this summer as Marcel Brands attempts to trim the squad down. The 28-year-old is about to enter the final year of his contract at Goodison Park so the club are unlikely to recoup a significant fee. If he does move on it would be a disappointing end to a Toffees career that began so promisingly under Roberto Martinez in 2013-14.
With so few minutes played it would be unfair to give a grade.