In Focus: Fresh start could see McCarthy reach peak form again

As reported by The Daily Mail, Everton are looking to cash in on James McCarthy this summer with Newcastle United and West Ham United at the front of the queue.

What’s the story?

Having not quite held down a regular starting spot under Ronald Koeman, it appears the Republic of Ireland international’s time at Goodison Park is coming to an end.

The Mail say the Toffees are willing to sell him this summer, but only for a fee approaching £20m.

With both Slaven Bilic and Rafa Benitez said to be interested, is the 26 year old set to make a high profile Premier League switch? Is he even worth the money?

Midfield dynamo

Injuries may have blighted his season at Everton this term but he was a regular starter at Goodison Park for three seasons, impressing fans and pundits alike with his high energy and dynamic central midfield play.

His combative style coupled with his eye for a pass and desire to push into the final third makes him an exciting acquisition for any club, not least newly promoted Newcastle who need proven Premier League talent. West Ham United too would surely benefit from his signature given their problems with consistency this season.

Still just 26, he’s set to enter the prime age of his career and a fresh start could bring out the best in him once again, especially if he puts to bed the niggling injuries that have hampered his season.

On his day he’s a match winner and in the Premier League that’s worth the reported £20m.