James McCarthy looks set to be Everton's replacement for the imminent departure of Marouane Fellaini.
The Toffees have had a bid of £10.5million rejected for the player, according to BBC Sport, and it is reported that the Latics will settle for £12.5million.
I see McCarthy as the ideal replacement. He has a second to none work rate, can pass the ball and knows exactly how new boss Roberto Martinez works, having worked with him for several seasons at Wigan.
In off the ball situations, McCarthy’s tackle completion rate is grerater than Everton's regular midfield pair of Osman/Gibson. J
McCarthy regained possession (interceptions + tackles) an average 3.3 times per game last season, compared to Leon Osman (4.7) and Darron Gibson (3.4). This is something he will have to improve on if he wants to replace Marouane Fellaini.
Credit where credit's due, McCarthy's stats on the ball was in the top 10% of central midfielders in the league last season. He was ranked 8th in the league for a player in his position for volume of passes made per game, 12th for passing accuracy and 10th for most accurate long passes last season also.
His passing data is seemingly better than Osman, Fellaini and Gibson. His distribution of long balls from deep areas is very good, with an impressive 77% completion rate, better than Everton's two most prolific distributors from deep areas last season, Gibson (64%) and Phil Jagielka (58%).
This is a particularly good attribute with Everton's very attacking full-backs Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman.
Martinez certainly has his targets, according to reports Everton are in negotiations with Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry on loan for a season. But we will see what happens in what will certainly be a truly intriguing deadline day.
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