McCarthy has not made an appearance under Marco Silva, after suffering a bad injury in January 2018.
McCarthy has now missed over a year’s worth of action with Everton, only playing for their development side.
And even Coleman thinks that the time has come for McCarthy to leave Goodison Park.
“I think he’ll probably be trying to get out, there’s no secret of that,” says Coleman.
“He needs a fresh start. When he came back, if you asked me after four or five weeks how he was looking, I’d have said: ‘Ah, he’s doing alright’. But the last three months, he’s been the James McCarthy of old. He was firing into tackles in training, he was getting about the pitch, he was doing his sharp, crisp passing like he’s always done.
“After what I’ve been through, I could just see something change. In just one training session, I saw something change and I was, like: ‘He’s fine, he’s ready to go’. He’s just not been getting in, that’s been his problem. You know, I texted him after the game on Monday and said: ‘Look, you’ve got a big part to play in this Ireland team so get yourself right and get ready to go’.”
McCarthy will surely be made available by Everton this summer, with Silva seemingly favouring other options.
Idrissa Gueye and Andre Gomes were Everton’s first choice midfield pairing, but Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies were also ahead of McCarthy in the pecking order.
The Irish international needs to prove his fitness and quality again after suffering such a bad injury, and he is unlikely to have a lack of suitors.
McCarthy has proven before at Everton that he has a lot to offer, and it would be a shock if other Premier League sides weren’t willing to give him an opportunity.
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