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£15m midfielder vows to be patient

James McCarthy is willing to fight for his spot

By | 12th September 2013
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New Everton midfielder James McCarthy has said that he is willing to be patient at Goodison Park following his deadline day transfer from FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic. McCarthy completed a £15 million move with little time remaining in this summer’s transfer window, reuniting with his former Wigan manager, Roberto Martinez.

McCarthy stressed his excitement about arriving on Merseyside, telling reporters that he’s ready and willing to fight for a place in Martinez’s side.

“I am looking forward to trying to prove why I am here,” McCarthy told reporters, according to

“It is not going to be easy, we have got a lot of competition for places. I am going to give it my best shot and hopefully I can do well. There are a lot of big names here. If I need to bide my time, I will bide my time.”

McCarthy’s path into Martinez’s starting eleven may not present itself immediately as the Toffees have strengthened considerably this summer. Despite the exit of Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Roberto Martinez managed to bring in Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu and Manchester City’s Gareth Barry on loan moves, giving the Toffees both youth and experience in the midfield. McCarthy, meanwhile, is joined by fellow former Latics players Arouna Kone, Antolín Alcaraz, and Joel Robles, giving him familiar faces in the side.

On top of Everton’s new talent, youngster Ross Barkley has been sensational early on in the season. The 19 year old capped off an excellent September by winning his first England cap under manager Roy Hodgson last week.

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