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James McCarthy | Midfielder

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/12/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 159

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Roberto Martinez has told Man City – and the rest of the Premier League - that James McCarthy is not for sale…
It has been suggested that Man City had turned their attentions to Everton midfielder James McCarthy following their failed approach for Fabian Delph. Tottenham have also shown an interest in the Republic of Ireland international, with a possible swap deal involving Aaron Lennon. But boss Roberto Martinez – who took McCarthy from former club Wigan for £13m – has insisted that McCarthy is going nowhere. Speaking after his side’s penalty shoot-out victory over Stoke in Singapore’s Asia Cup (no, me neither…) he said: ‘James is not for sale. He is a top performer [and] and a vital part of our squad’. Martinez went on to stress that Everton are no longer in the position of having to sell players to balance their books and would be looking to add to the squad before the big kick-off. Jul 16 - 6:51 AM
Source: The Guardian

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Everton brace themselves for a £20 million bid from Tottenham for unhappy midfielder James McCarthy…

Fresh reports have surfaced that classy Everton midfielder James McCarthy could be on his way out of Goodison. The Mirror say that McCarthy in unhappy at not being offered a new contract and now willing to listen to offers. Tottenham have long been admirers and are thought to be ready to meet Everton's £20 million valuation. Roberto Martinez paid Wigan £13m for McCarthy three seasons ago, during which he has played 58 matches and scored three goals. Not a great return on paper, but his neat, progressive passing is a feature of the Martinez style of play and McCarthy was once seen as key to his vision. But after a disappointing season this might signal a change of approach. Tottenham’s much more direct winger Aaron Lennon spent a productive spell at Everton last term and could be used as a makeweight in the deal.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 12 - 5:55 AM

Everton brace themselves for a £20 million Tottenham bid for midfielder James McCarthy…

Rumours have persisted about James McCarthy wanting a move from Goodison for long enough to assume there is some fire behind all the smoke. The classy midfielder hasn’t always produced a lot of end product – just three goals in 58 matches – since his £13m move from Wigan, but is known to be admired by Arsenal and Manchester United, among others. One of the ‘others’ is Tottenham who look ready to make good on their interest by offering a £20m deal which could include winger Aaron Lennon as a make-weight. Lennon made a big impression during a loan spell at Everton last season and would certainly sweeten the deal. Plus, Roberto Martinez is known to want to strengthen other areas – including central defence and attack – so could make use of the additional funds.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 7 - 5:57 AM

With their convincing 3-0 drubbing of Manchester United last weekend, Everton has seen a major spike in their fantasy price for most of their players.

Everton had eight players reach double digit fantasy points in the Yahoo game over the weekend, and all of their prices have ballooned. For most of the past several months leading up to the United win, the club provided a constant source of players with marked down prices. James McCarthy popped up with a whopping 20 points, hitting double digits for the second time in three games, and is now north of 10m. Interestingly, of the players that did not put up a big day last weekend, there lies a couple of solid weapons. Romelu Lukaku and Aaron Lennon are still below 10m.

James McCarthy supplied the assist for Everton's lone goal in their 1-1 draw with Swansea City last weekend and has been quietly productive for the month.

As the Toffees form has gradually improved over the past month, so has McCarthy's fantasy stock. He has averaged 4 points a game over the past four which included the 10 pointer against the Swans and 14 points back in Week 29 when he scored a goal. McCarthy admittedly isn't as valuable as other defensive midfielders in other statistical areas so he is more dependent on attacking points to grab a nice haul, but priced at under 9m in the Yahoo game, he won't break your bank.
Apr 14 - 10:30 AM

Roberto Martinez has confirmed James McCarthy is ready to make his long awaited return to first team action after a scan on Wednesday revealed the midfielder's hamstring injury has fully healed.

McCarthy has suffered a number of hamstring related issues throughout this season but Martinez is now confidence the midfielder can play the remainder of the campaign without any further issues. There was also a positive update regarding goalkeeper Tim Howard who has been passed medically fit but Everton are likely to continue with back-up Joel Robles during the interim as the club will gradually increase his involvement to help minimise recurrence. Deadline day signing Aaron Lennon will be added to the Toffees squad for the Merseyside derby against rivals Liverpool at Goodison – Aidan McGeady would be the player most likely to make way.
Source: The Mirror
Feb 5 - 6:52 AM

Irish midfielder James McCarthy was enjoying his brief foray back into the Everton starting eleven following a number of weeks out due to a hamstring problem.

However McCarthy was withdrawn during half-time in the defeat to Newcastle at St James’ Park after the midfielder was flagged as being at "high risk" of injury with Ross Barkley taking his place. For the first time in his Everton managerial career Roberto Martinez is feeling the pressure of the Goodison crowd having only won one from seven losing five – and despite being in twelfth the Toffees are just 5 points above the relegation zone. Their downturn in form can be attributed to a number of injuries to key players including the likes of Phil Jagielka, Tim Howard, Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman and Darron Gibson. Next up, Everton travel to the KC to face a Hull side who have their own league problems at the moment.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 10:19:00 AM

Everton midfielder James McCarthy will be assessed over the next 24 hours after suffering a muscular injury late into the game at the Stadium of Light making his involvement in the upcoming Euro qualifying game against Scotland a doubt.

This is second time within the last six weeks McCarthy has suffered a hamstring injury and Martinez will be concerned that he doesn’t lose his midfielder for any significant amount of time with a hectic fixture schedule coming up. Niggling problems are beginning to mount for Everton – Coleman / Lukaku / Pienaar – while the Toffees still have John Stones [ankle] out long-term. However there was better news with Arouna Kone, Bryan Oviedo & Kevin Mirallas all expected to return within the next three weeks - Antolin Alcaraz is hoping to be back for the Festive period after Martinez confirmed the defender does not require shoulder surgery.
Source: BBC Sport
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 03:58:00 PM

James McCarthy has been declared fit and available for Everton as they get set to host Manchester United on Sunday.

McCarthy made a half hour appearance in Everton's midweek loss to Crystal Palace and came through okay. He will likely return to partnering Gareth Barry in central midfield as the Toffees look to bounce back against a United side that should have Wayne Rooney available.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 02:46:00 PM

James McCarthy earned his fifth booking of the season, and a suspension, against Arsenal last weekend.

Everton will be happy that it's a home game against a struggling Fulham, a perennially poor road team. Leon Osman is likely to slot into the midfield alongside Gareth Barry.
Source: The Guardian
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 02:29:00 AM

James McCarthy is the lone permanent transfer to Everton on deadline day as the Toffees look to replace the Marouane Fellaini-sized left by the Belgian's transfer to Manchester United.

James McCarthy is a very nice player when looked at through the lens of being one of the better players at Wigan last season. When looked at as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini, it is harder to get quite as excited about the move for the Toffees. The big Belgian was always going to be hard to replace but the risk Everton are taking is that their replacement strategy was mostly temporary with Lukaku and Barry both in on loan. Permanent acquisitions at Everton make them look a lot more like last season's Wigan side while the really interesting moves - Deulefeu, Lukaku, and Barry - are not likely around for the long term.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 08:42:00 AM

With Marouane Fellaini back in the news the next hypothetical domino to fall would be Everton buying James McCarthy from Wigan for £15million.

If the rumors of Fellaini's transfer price of £23 million are true then James McCarthy and £8 million doesn't seem like a very good transaction for Everton. McCarthy is a fine player but he appeared to take a step back last season and Everton will need to replace the heart and soul of their midfield should Fellaini leave. A more central player would seem to be in order with a big percentage of the Fellaini windfall.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 10:21:00 AM

James McCarthy has been linked with a move from relegated Wigan Athletic to Everton to join his former boss Roberto Martinez.

While Callum McManaman's proposed move to Everton makes a lot of sense, James McCarthy's rumored move makes slightly less sense. Unless Everton are already planning on losing Fellaini, Steven Pienaar, and/or Leon Osman it seems like they have talent in midfield. McCarthy is a good player but seems like he'd be a bit of a luxury for a team on a tight budget. The money might be better spent on defense.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 10:44:00 AM