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Thursday 19 April 2018

James not fazed by big price tag

Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy (left) with team-mate James McClean. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy (left) with team-mate James McClean. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

JAMES McCARTHY says he's dealing with the pressure of having a big price tag following his move to Everton.

Martin O'Neill remarked earlier this week that Connor Wickham struggled to deal with the burden of being an £8m player, but the fee of £13m that Roberto Martinez paid for McCarthy has not fazed the 23-year-old.

"There's always talk of the price tag but, to be honest, it's part and parcel of the game and you need to get on with it," says the Everton star.

"It's a good club to be in and I'm enjoying every minute of it.

"We've had a good start and we want to stay as high as we can. It's not going to be easy. It's a brilliant club and, with the good squad we have, we can push up there, we can be competing.

"It's a big difference to competing to stay in the league each year, to be trying to push for European places.

"It's a brilliant club. There's a lot of the squad away on international duty and it's always a huge boost if a lot of your players are away.

"It shows you that you have a good squad."

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