This season has been far from ideal for Everton midfielder James McCarthy as the 28-year-old is seemingly surplus to requirements at Goodison Park.

He made his first Premier League appearance of the season on Sunday when he came on as a second half substitute for Idrissa Gueye during his side’s 4-0 hammering of Manchester United.

The game was McCarthy’s first in the Premier League since he suffered a horrific injury to his leg while playing against West Brom in January 2018.

The Everton midfielder’s absence from first-team action during the past few months has not been through injury. He has been fit for the past six or so months and even played against Gor Mahia last November.

However, he does not appear to be in the first-team plans of Marco Silva. He has however been a good servant to the Merseysiders over the years. He arrived at Everton from Wigan Athletic in 2013 and has since gone on to make 107 Premier League appearances for the club, scoring six goals.

“It’s been very frustrating but it’s good to get back and get some minutes,” the Republic of Ireland international told Off The Ball .

“It’s been a frustrating six, seven months I’ve been back and training. Making the team, making the squad it’s been a long road.

“I’m delighted to be back and hopefully now I can get a couple of games in before the end of the season and see what happens in the summer.

“We’ve got a big squad, don’t get me wrong. We’ve got a lot of good players and that’s part and parcel of football.

“You need to wait for your chance and I’ve waited since I’ve come back from the leg break. It’s been a long time but I’m delighted to be back.”

McCarthy was linked with a move away from the Toffees last summer but it ended up never materialising. Even though the player is not earning regular minutes with Silva’s Everton side, he is at the peak of his career and could well attract offers from clubs on the bottom half of the standings.

A parting of ways will likely take place this summer and it will be the best thing to happen for both club and player. Everton will get funds from a sale which can be invested in developing other areas of the squad.

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