James McCarthy is having a tough time at Everton.
The Republic of Ireland international wanted to leave on loan in January but he was denied that opportunity by Marco Silva and the Portuguese manager explains why:
“James is in my thinking.”
“James had one or two offers during the January market but we decided, as a club, not to let him go because as you know we have 20 outfield players in our squad, two for every position.
“And so when we decided to send Beni Baningime out on loan (to Wigan Athletic), we also decided to keep James.
“He is a player that stays in my mind. If you are asking me if he is fit? He is fit. Since he came back from his injury, apart from one or two issues but nothing to do with his injury, he is always training to his maximum and working hard, as you know James does.
“He doesn’t stop and he is 100% ready. He needs games, he needs minutes in his legs but he is 100% ready, no doubts about that.
“If I have to decide to play him, he is ready.”
McCarthy will have just left on his contract after the end of this season and Silva believes that it’s only natural for McCarthy to get frustrated over lack of playing time:
“This is also true and possibly something that is in his mind,” Silva said.
“I had a chat with him in January in the last days of the market and it was something in his mind.
“But me as the manager, and we as a club, have to decide what is the best solution for the club. At that moment, the best solution for us as a club was, 100%, to keep James with us.
“James expects to play more games before the end of the season and if I was in his position I would think in the same way but it is up to me to decide the best XI for each match.
“But about him as a professional, about him if he is fit or not, it is always 100% with James and he is 100% fit.”
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