Allardyce keeping eye on McCarthy's readiness
Everton boss Sam Allardyce is monitoring James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie before deciding whether to start the duo in the New Year's Day Premier League clash with Manchester United.
McCarthy lasted just half of Saturday's 2-1 loss to Bournemouth at Dean Court.
Persistent injury problems have meant that the Irish international had not played in the Premier League since early March, with an EFL Cup appearance against Chelsea this season his only competitive action in that time.
The duo are liable to share time on the pitch once again as they did at Bournemouth.
Allardyce, meanwhile, anticipates a hectic summer of rebuilding at Goodison Park to forge an Everton team in his image.
The Toffees surrendered their seven-match unbeaten start to life under new boss Allardyce with a 2-1 Premier League loss at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Everton are expected to wrap up a deal for Turkey forward Cenk Tosun from Besiktas to open the imminent transfer window.
But whatever their business in January, Allardyce insists only a hectic summer can put Everton in the shape he will expect in order to climb the table.
Asked when Everton can expect to have a team worthy of their manager's expected approach, Allardyce said: "The start of next season when it's all been sorted out in the summer.
"There's a lot to sort out, a lot to do and a lot to find out about the players, so we'll have to talk about it with the owners and the board and see where we go and what we do."
Allardyce has shored up Everton's defensive approach and guided the Toffees out of the relegation zone, but the ex-Crystal Palace manager has insisted the Merseysiders cannot relax yet.
Allardyce admits plenty of hard graft awaits his new club. "I was brought in because this team was threatened with relegation. Now the players in their response have done absolutely magnificent in turning that around, but we've just got to keep working at all of that."