Everton midfielder expected to exit Goodison

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Everton defender Seamus Coleman says he expects James McCarthy to be looking for an exit from Goodison Park this summer.

Everton defender Seamus Coleman says he expects James McCarthy to be looking for an exit from Goodison Park this summer.

The midfielder has found first-team football almost impossible to come by at Everton and has also lost his place in the Republic of Ireland national side after the serious double leg fracture he suffered in January 2018.

He has recovered from that terrible injury but still finds regular football hard to come by and has failed to force his way into Marco Silva’s plans.

Team-mate Seamus Coleman, who is away with the Republic as they try and qualify for Euro 2020, says he expects him to try and move on.

‘I think he’ll probably be trying to get out, there’s no secret of that.

He needs a fresh start,’ Coleman told balls.ie.

‘What I’ve seen in James, when he came back, if you asked me after four or five weeks how he’s looking, I’d have said ‘ah, he’s doing alright’, but say the last three months, which was good for me to see, 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, so it was great for me to see that.

‘After what I’ve been through, I could just see something change.

‘Just one training session, I saw something change and I was like ‘he’s fine, he’s ready to go’, and he’s just not been getting in.

That’s been his problem.

‘You know, I text him last night and said ‘Look, you’ve got a big part to play in this Ireland team so get yourself right and get ready to go’, and I’m sure he will do that.’

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