McCarthy has made just one substitute's appearance since suffering a double leg bone fracture in January last year and that has thrown his future with club and country in doubt.
The 28-year-old is fully fit again and able to play for Ireland but Mick McCarthy admits that he can't justify selecting him over other players who have been in regular action for their clubs this season.
That lack of playing time could also mean that McCarthy will be looking to leave Goodison Park this summer unless he is given assurances from Marco Silva that he will be in the Blues' plans for 2019-20.
He is approaching the final year of his current contract and was linked with other Premier League clubs during the January transfer window but ended up staying at Everton and there were reports of renewed interest from Crystal Palace this past weekend.
He was not named in the Republic's provisional squad for their summer training camp in Portugal and, by extension, the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar.
"He's just not been playing and I did speak to him," Mick McCarthy is quoted as saying by the Irish Independent. "He wants to sort his own career out, his own future out this summer.
"And with the other midfielders in the squad, I'm hardly likely to leave Jeff Hendrick, Conor Hourihane or Glenn Whelan out for him at this moment in time.
"Had he been fully fit for the last 12 months things might have been different because I think he's one of our best players but that's not been the case. So he wants to just sort himself out this summer."
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1 Posted 08/05/2019 at 06:21:17
2 Posted 08/05/2019 at 07:05:49
3 Posted 08/05/2019 at 08:50:51
4 Posted 08/05/2019 at 08:59:44
5 Posted 08/05/2019 at 10:07:37
6 Posted 08/05/2019 at 10:28:55
Macca used to be some player for us but the feeling is definitely that that time is over. I wish him all the best getting playing time elsewhere and it was pleasure watching him, especially in that first season.
7 Posted 08/05/2019 at 10:34:00
I can just see it - we keep him and he'll get injured in preseason and be out for 6 months. Sadly it's time to say goodbye and use that 50k a week for someone more reliable.
8 Posted 08/05/2019 at 12:12:03
9 Posted 08/05/2019 at 12:20:06
Can't help but feel however that Schneiderlin and Davies are ahead of him for the foreseeable now.
If he goes he should demand a decent fee (£10m?), would save on wages and we then have either Williams or Baningime as 3rd/4th choice even without Gomes.
10 Posted 08/05/2019 at 14:00:56
Good luck to him.
Even on his best day a lower-half club, average mid-fielder type. His one "productive" season was his first where he found himself in a much better, better-trained and disciplined side than the shit ones he played in before.
Place him up there with Besic on the "Get Rid" list.
Good luck and all, but good bye too.
11 Posted 08/05/2019 at 14:29:45
That was Martin O'Neill and his Walter Smithesque, patch them up and send them out mentality. McCarthy is a more reasonable bloke. Also, he is essentially a caretaker boss with that fellow from Dundalk due to takeover in two years. I imagine, his mandate is to steady the ship ahead of the new bloke coming. i.e. bring in younger guys and get them up to speed as opposed to winning at all costs and to Hell with the consequences.
I agree. I suspect the club are worried he's made of glass at this point. If we sent him out on loan, there was always a danger he'd pick up another injury and run down his contract in the sick bay. If we wrap up in cotton wool until the summer maybe we can sell him as he'll have had a clean bill of health for a year courtesy of being used sparingly
12 Posted 08/05/2019 at 16:36:58
In my opinion McCarthy after his injury was always too keen to play for Ireland, jeopardizing has Premier League career. Ireland's care of Everton players who just have recovered injury, has annoyed Everton Managers in the past.
To some extent Coleman nearly did the same. It could be that Brands and Silva want a fully fit McCarthy to concentrate on his Premier League value, whether for Everton or another Club.
I did think that at the Lincoln stage of the season, it was great to have McCarthy on the bench for a cameo role and a much needed fuller inclusion in the subsequent games, but alas he did not play in that game, and wasn't selected in the subsequent squads.
13 Posted 08/05/2019 at 18:06:09
Maybe if Gana is sold he will get a chance to impress in pre season but I reckon he will be sold before. Change of tact from an Irish manager asking him to put club career before country. We dont know what player he is. Huge clear out needed but he could do a good job in another prem team.
14 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:32:04
I can't understand why he came off the bench against Utd, and then dropped from the squad.
15 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:50:16
Poor chap is plagued by injury and cant be relied on.
I wish him the best of luck at his next club but we cant, and no longer have to, hang on to players with our fingers crossed in case they return.
16 Posted 08/05/2019 at 20:53:15
I have a feeling he will leave early, just to be fair to him so he can have a full pre season with his new club.
17 Posted 08/05/2019 at 22:43:42
18 Posted 09/05/2019 at 08:37:18
19 Posted 09/05/2019 at 12:11:58
Brands and Silva are pretty hard nosed when dealing with players, particularly players that have a inclination to play for someone else. Normally Gueye would be sold under the old regime, but in January it was reported that Silva threatened to resign.
I think they will stick a unrealistic price on Gueye if interest is shown, with the intention of keeping him. Gueye is a very important player in the Everton set up. As for McCarthy he will be sold if they can, if not he will be exspected to work very hard and be totally committed to be considered for the First team
To player for Everton first team squad a player is going to have to show commitment , adaptability to Silvas system and be self motivated to develop all aspects of his game. This includes new transfers in.
A fully fit McCarthy would be a valuable player in Evertons midfield, but given his willingness to risk his Premier League future during recovery and rehabilitation at international level , would not show he has the required commitment that Brands and Silva require. Lookman is a case in point and watch how they will handle Valdic this Summer. Even Gueye who has a impeccable attitude, knows what Brands and Silva are like and never slags off.
20 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:44:05
21 Posted 09/05/2019 at 19:55:53
Think hes on about £50k/week. Had one solitary good season (5 years ago!). Never was convinced in the first place. Squad needs trimming as is and he simply does not contribute.
Clear decision IMO.
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