James McCarthy back in the big time - but you’d hardly know it
But new Everton midfielder admits transfer deadline day a real ordeal before sealing dream move
It is hard, though, to imagine him not being a regular for a manager who knows him so well and at a club that does not chuck that sort of money around lightly.
Still, the manager is bound to tell him to knuckle down. It was somewhat more unexpected when Jonathan Walters told him the same thing. He, it turns out, is an Everton fan.
Tardelli believes the move can be the making of McCarthy, with the midfielder swapping a club that had always been destined to struggle at the highest level for one where they can aspire to win things.
It’s funny, though, that the Ireland international takes a cup winner’s medal with him to Everton while the club’s most coveted existing player, Leighton Baines, hasn’t been a part of a team that actually won anything since 2003, when he finished top of the old second division . . .with Wigan.
With the transfer drama now done and dusted, McCarthy, it seems, is on course to resume his international partnership with Glenn Whelan tomorrow.
Walters, meanwhile, should be on the right wing, leaving the left flank to be decided on.
“I don’t know who we’ll play against Sweden,” said Ireland’s assistant manager, “but Simon Cox, for me, is a very good player. He can play left, right, striker and maybe also midfield. A professional player who has played in the Premier League must be able to play anywhere.”
Set to start
Marc Wilson, who sort of fits that bill, returned to training yesterday and looks set to start, while Pilkington skipped much of yesterday’s group session, although Tardelli maintains it aws because he is following a programme laid out for him by his club.
Richard Dunne, meanwhile, looked comfortably yesterday and, like David Forde, has only one last session to get through it seems, before his return to the Ireland starting 11 is confirmed.