Everton should keep James McCarthy at Goodison Park after Tottenham debacle

A report by The Mirror on Sunday said that Everton are willing to loan midfielder James McCarthy out during the January transfer window, but Marco Silva should change his mind after seeing his team beaten 6-2 by Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Sunday.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror report that while Silva sees the Republic of Ireland international as part of his long-term plans, he is happy to let him go out on loan for the remainder of the season to try and get some regular football under his belt following his return from injury.

The 28-year-old suffered a double leg break in January that has kept him on the sidelines since, and he certainly has plenty of competition for a place in the middle of the park given the Merseyside outfit have Idrissa Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin, Tom Davies and Andre Gomes currently available.

Without the injured Gueye, the latter trio didn’t cover themselves in too much glory during the heavy defeat to Spurs at the weekend.

Why keep McCarthy?

Rather than loaning the Irishman out to another Premier League club, Silva should keep him at Everton and given him the football he requires there instead.

The 28-year-old is energetic and loves to win the ball back for his team, and in that respect he is perhaps a little different in style to some of his midfield teammates, and his attributes would be needed when the Toffees are without Gueye – as they were against Tottenham.

Following the latest loss, the Portuguese boss would be much better off keeping the combative midfielder at Goodison Park, as he has the ability to make a real difference in that position in front of the backline in the second-half of the campaign.

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