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James McCarthy | Midfielder | #4

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

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James McCarthy received his second yellow card in the 52nd minute and, as a result, his teammates were forced to play defensively to secure a nil-nil draw.
The Toffees played well in the second half despite being a man down but couldn't beat Wayne Hennessey and had to settle for a nil-nil draw. McCarthy will miss the first of Everton's two Week 34 matches as a result of the suspension but he will be available for the Liverpool derby next mid-week and then the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United after that. Apr 13 - 5:09 PM
Source: espnfc.com

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James McCarthy pounced on a Watford mistake in first half stoppage time to score the opener only to see it equalized two minutes later on a Toffees mistake.

It was a sloppy match all around. There were moves that looked like they could be half chances or even better for both sides but it never really materialized into anything as the only goals were off of mistakes in first half stoppage time. Romelu Lukaku was a lonely figure at the point of the Everton attack for most of the match. He had three reasonable chances in the late going but was beaten by Craig Cathcart once, fired well wide under pressure once and headed weakly to Gomes the third time. The sides rightly settled for a draw.
Apr 9 - 12:03 PM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said the club expects to have James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman back in the squad within the next week and possibly as soon as Sunday.

Said Martinez: "They are medically fit and now it’s a case of whether they can get back to work and cope with the demands of a game. They are close to hitting the match fitness that you need. We are looking forward to their involvement over the next 14 days when we are going to have five games." Coleman has missed the last two Premier League matches with a hamstring injury while McCarthy has missed the last three after aggravating a groin injury. But their return comes at a critical time for the Toffees with EPL, FA Cup and League Cup action in the next 10 days.
Jan 22 - 12:21 PM

Everton midfielder James McCarthy continues his stay on the training table as he progresses in his recovery from a groin injury.

The Irish international has played only 26 minutes in the last six weeks, after returning from injury in the final game of December before aggravating the problem. McCarthy has yet to feature in 2016 as Everton just recorded its first clean sheet without him in the midweek 0-0 draw with Manchester City. Meanwhile, McCarthy's replacement in central midfielder is also a doubt for the weekend as Tom Cleverley works back from a calf injury that kept him out of the Manchester City match. Without the duo, Roberto Martinez opted to pair Muhamed Besic with Gareth Barry and could do the same against Chelsea this weekend.
Jan 15 - 7:29 AM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez confirmed more bad news on the injury front for the Toffees after ruling out James McCarthy for the weekend due to a groin injury.

Said Martinez: "James McCarthy clearly is not going to be available for the weekend," Martinez said on Wednesday morning. "We are going to get a bit more information today and tomorrow because his old injury flared up. We need to find out exactly what the situation is." McCarthy returned from a four-week absence to start against Stoke City only to be taken off in the 26th minute after aggravating the injury. Tom Cleverley remains a doubt for the weekend after coming on to replace McCarthy before picking up an Achilles injury. Meanwhile, Martinez confirmed that he rested Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas against Stoke and that the duo are fit to face Spurs.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 11:27:00 PM

Everton are waiting on the status of James McCarthy after the midfielder lasted only 26 minutes in his return from a groin injury in Monday's 4-3 loss to Stoke City.

The Irish international had missed the previous four weeks with the groin injury before aggravating it on Monday. Manager Roberto Martinez hinted that McCarthy will need some more time to fully recover and avoid suffering another setback: "It was a blow to lose James so early. We felt we needed an extra energy and you saw that with his impact in with the assist for the first goal." McCarthy's replacement, Tom Cleverley, also suffered an injury and is doubtful for the weekend due to an Achilles problem. If neither can face Spurs on Sunday, Darron Gibson and Muhamed Besic are options in central midfield alongside Gareth Barry.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 10:58:00 PM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez confirmed that James McCarthy is set to miss the Boxing Day matchup with Newcastle, but could return over the festive period.

Martinez said he hopes to have McCarthy back from injury within the next week along with long-term injury absentees Phil Jagielka, Steven Pienaar and Bryan Oviedo: "We’ve got seven games in the next three weeks, so it is a really busy period...We feel very confident that, one way or another, they will be involved in those seven games as long as their fitness comes along with the work at the training ground." McCarthy has missed the last three games with a groin and hip injury as Tom Cleverley has deputised in central midfield.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 02:32:00 PM

Everton could be without James McCarthy for a third straight week as he continues to recover from a hip injury that has seen him miss the last two Premier League matches.

Said manager Roberto Martinez: "We will assess him today and tomorrow then make a final decision if he can be involved in the squad against Leicester. He's not too far away. If it's not Leicester, it will be one of the games around Boxing Day." Tom Cleverley has started for McCarthy in central midfield while Arouna Kone took Cleverley's place on the left wing. Meanwhile, Steven Pienaar has started training with the club following a hamstring injury and could return before the end of the year.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 04:00:00 PM

Everton will have to wait on the status of midfielder James McCarthy ahead of the weekend as manager Roberto Martinez said McCarthy is still working back from a hip injury.

Said Martinez: "James McCarthy will have a late fitness test to see if he can be in the squad travelling to Norwich." McCarthy has missed the last two matches for the club after picking up a hip injury in the 3-3 draw with Bournemouth in Week 14. Without McCarthy against Crystal Palace on Monday, Martinez opted to pair Tom Cleverely in central midfield with Gareth Barry while Arouna Kone came back into the starting lineup. However, the manager confirmed that the club has no new injuries and should have the same squad available from Monday.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 06:49:00 AM

Everton could be without its engine in midfield this week after Roberto Martinez revealed James McCarthy and Gareth Barry are doubts for Tuesday's Capital One Cup match against Middlesbrough.

McCarthy left the club's 3-3 draw on Saturday against Bournemouth with a hip/groin injury that has caused him to miss some time in training. He was immediately replaced by Tom Cleverley, who appears to be the next man in central midfield followed by Muhamed Besic and Darron Gibson. Barry suffered a knock to his shin after a bad tackle during the weekend and will be assessed before the match. Martinez also confirmed that Joel Robles will continue to start for the Toffees in their cup matches.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 03:38:00 AM

Roberto Martinez confirmed that midfielder James McCarthy will need a scan after limping off during the draw with AFC Bournemouth because of a suspected groin strain.

Martinez was speaking after his side were denied three-points at Dean Court by a late Junior Stanislas header deep into stoppage time, just moments after Ross Barkley had seemingly won the game for Everton. The Spaniard revealed "McCarthy over-extended his groin and couldn’t carry on. It’s a concern for us because he is not the kind of player who would come off for anything. We will assess him and make a decision about Tuesday." His withdrawal at least marked the return of Tom Cleverley for the first time since August. The former Man United midfielder has spent the last 3-months sidelined after suffering ankle ligament damage at White Hart Lane. Still no Leighton Baines for the Toffees though. The defender has been involved for the under-21s, but Martinez is not prepared to take any risks with his defender who is recovering from ankle surgery.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 05:38:00 PM

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.
Source: The Guardian
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 06:51:00 AM

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
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 05:55:00 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
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 05:57:00 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.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 10:38:00 PM