Everton star backs Martinez's rotation policy, but has it helped him?

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Everton's James McCarthy says that he is being helped by the rotation policy that Roberto Martinez has in place, but the stats suggest that he isn't.

James McCarthy says that Everton manager Roberto Martinez's rotation policy is helping him perform to the best of his ability.

Martinez's summer spend brought a number of new players to Goodison Park over the summer and it means that there is now more competition for places.

This has led to the Spaniard tinkering with his starting line-up throughout the season so far, but McCarthy is not frustrated to have had to miss out on some games and says that it is helping him stay at the top of his game.

“The rotation helps, obviously," he said to Everton's official site. "People can say three games in a week, you’re a professional, it’s your job and so on, but it can be hard coming back from places like Lille and going again for another game.

“But we were delighted with the resulting team performance and the three points up at Burnley."

Everton beat Burnley 3-1 to move up the table after a poor start and they seem to be clicking into gear now.

McCarthy, though, has not managed to hit the heights that he did last season, according to the statistics. 

  SeasonKey passes per gamePasses per gamePassing AccuracyInterceptions per gameTackles per gameAppearancesMins Played
James McCarthy 2013-2014 1.2 50.3 87% 1.5 2.4 34 2856
James McCarthy 2014-2015 0.25 62.6 88.4% 1.2 2.1 8 720

The Irish midfielder may have been slightly more accurate with his passing time around, but in every other area of his game he hasn't been as effective.

Defensively he was showing better form last year, whilst in an offensive sense he was also more incisive. 

It means that McCarthy, who is one of Everton's most important players due to his energy, will be aiming to improve his performances to ensure that he keeps his place in Martinez's starting line-up in the future. 

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