Everton star James McCarthy should look at Steven Pienaar and realise Tottenham move is bad idea

The Irishman feels undervalued at Everton, but a move to Tottenham would be a sideways transition.

This week it was reported by The Mirror that Everton midfielder James McCarthy wanted a move from the club. The report claimed that McCarthy, one of Everton's consistently better performers, had not been offered improved terms and that the Republic of Ireland international felt 'undervalued' at Goodison Park.

He has apparently told the club he wants to go, with Tom Cleverley's double salary over his the final nail in the coffin.

It is believed that Tottenham Hotspur are very keen on the player and would be willing to make a move for the player should he get his wish and depart Everton in the summer.

Of course, McCarthy is right to feel undervalued - considering his importance to the first-team at Everton - but he should look at a team-mate's experiences before heading to Spurs.

Steven Pienaar left Everton for Tottenham in pursuit of Champions League football back in January 2011. It seemed a good move for the player but it did not work out that way. He ailed to make an impact at White Hart Lane - playing just 18 times in a calendar year.

He eventually returned to Everton a year after leaving, his time at Tottenham a massive flop.

The best course of action for McCarthy is to stay at Everton, but that goes both ways. The Toffees must offer him a new and improved contract or risk losing arguably their best player this summer.

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