Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has announced that a compensation package has been agreed with Everton for the services of manager Roberto Martinez.
It opens up a can of worms in terms of who may follow Martinez to Goodison Park and the trio of McCarthy, McArthur and McManaman will provide the Spaniard with a problem over who to focus Everton’s resources on.
James McCarthy could be a very good signing for Everton but only if the club move on key midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
McCarthy started every game he was selected for last season, which proves he is a physically fit player with remarkable consistency over the course of a long season.
He is an engine man, which means he’ll do all of the running from defensive third to final third, in order to compensate for players out of position and also to provide support in attack.
He would probably be the most expensive of the three for Everton because he offers more as a complete midfield player.
McArthur is more of a player who will sit in the midfield and look to break up the play as well as getting involved in the creative side of things.
He’s an out and out midfielder with less emphasis on defensive work and more on controlling the middle of the pitch, receiving the ball from the back four and getting it forward to the strikers as quickly as possible.
He’s another player who would be very expensive and another only worth going after for Everton if Marouane Fellaini or any other top midfield man at the club chooses to leave.
McManaman is the most exciting of the bunch because he’s a wide man, a quick and skilful winger who looks to run at full backs, causing chaos and getting stuck in with the attacking side of his game.
His performance against Gael Clichy in the FA Cup final proved that his pace is blisteringly quick and that’s something which always worries defenders.
He has two years left to run on his current deal and would probably be the cheapest of the three.
However, his ability to play on either wing for the club he used to once represent, offers the extra chance for him to link up with Leighton Baines or Seamus Coleman down either side of the pitch.
McCarthy has to be the one man Everton go for out of the three but it’s difficult to see them getting him with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all reported to be interested.
Who do you think will follow Martinez? Who is best suited for Everton?
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