James McCarthy has long been touted as a star of the future. Ever since he broke into Hamilton Academicals first team at the tender age of 15, many have predicted a big future for him.
Therefore it would have come as a surprise to many when he opted to join Wigan Athletic rather than one of the bigger clubs either north or south of the border. However, he has vindicated that decision by playing on a regular basis in the Premiership rather than sitting in the reserves of one of the elite clubs in Britain, and he has developed into a fine midfielder.
Now, at the age of 22, it is common consensus that he is ready to move from Wigan Athletic onto bigger and better things. Here are my reasons why:
In the current season when Wigan have once again become embroiled in a bitter battle for survival, McCarthy has emerged as a key man for the Latics. He has pulled the strings in midfield, and has been an ever present for Wigan appearing in all 25 of their league games this season, scoring twice.
Despite still being a relative youngster at the age of 22, McCarthy has bags of experience to call upon. Since he made his debut for Hamilton back in 2006 he has racked up 151 appearances in all competitions, which means he has the perfect blend of experience as well as the endeavour of youth.
James McCarthy has also gone on to gain international honours with the Republic of Ireland. Since he made his debut back in 2010, he has gone on to collect 10 caps for his country.
James McCarthy has a whole host of individual honours which underline how talented he is. In 2012 he won the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) young player of the year, and thus following in the footsteps of previous winners such as Niall Quinn, Roy Keane and Shay Given. He was also name Scottish PFA young player of the year for the 2008-2009 season, as well as being named SPL young player of the month for both December of 2008 and January of 2009.
The fact that managers of the calibre of Arsene Wenger, Brendan Rodgers, and David Moyes, whom are renowned for their development of young players, are interested in McCarthy is testament to the potential that he has, and highlights the fact that he would be an excellent acquisition for one of England’s elite clubs.