June 19, 2024

Alex McCarthy ‘kicking his heels’ at Southampton amid Premier League interest

Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been linked with a move to the top flight after being left frustrated on the sidelines

Southampton star Alex McCarthy is ‘kicking his heels’ after being starved of game time at St Mary’s, but transfer insider Dean Jones has told GIVEMESPORT why he could end up remaining among Russell Martin’s options beyond the January window.

The goalkeeper has been forced to play second-fiddle since Gavin Bazunu joined Saints in a deal worth up to £15million from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City last year, with opportunities being at a premium despite dropping into the Championship.

McCarthy, who made his sole international appearance for England in a friendly against the United States in November 2018, has been linked with a return to the top flight after failing to work his way into the forefront of Southampton boss Martin’s plans.

Everton keen on landing McCarthy

Everton remain interested in McCarthy after initially looking to lure him to Goodison Park during the summer, according to Football Insider, and chief Sean Dyche is looking into the possibility of striking a January deal as he aims to make the most of a small budget.

The report suggests the former Burnley manager is an admirer of the 33-year-old, who has been restricted to just 90 minutes of action and is still waiting to make his first Championship appearance of the season, and he fits the bill as a back-up option to the first-choice Jordan Pickford due to boasting plenty of Premier League experience.

McCarthy is set to enter the final 18 months of his £50,000-per-week contract in January, meaning it would make business sense for Southampton to cash in during the winter window after he has failed to dislodge Bazunu as one of the first names on the team sheet.

Alex McCarthy’s season-by-season record at Southampton
Season Appearances Clean sheets Goals conceded Yellow cards Sent off
2016/17 2 2 0 0 0
2017/18 23 7 29 2 0
2018/19 25 4 44 1 0
2019/20 31 9 38 0 0
2020/21 31 7 59 3 0
2021/22 17 5 27 1 0
2022/23 9 1 20 0 0
2023/24 1 0 3 0 0
All statistics according to Transfermarkt
Saints have been willing to offload the former Reading goalkeeper for a prolonged period as talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook previously told GIVEMESPORT that he was put on the market during the 2022 summer window, when Ralph Hassenhuttl was still in the St Mary’s dugout.
Although McCarthy was coveted by Everton and Crystal Palace after discussions with newly-promoted Luton Town broke down in August, a quickfire return to the Premier League failed to come to fruition, and it has led to a frustrating spell on the periphery.
The shot-stopper has been on Southampton’s books since completing a £4million move from Palace seven years ago, and he has gone on to take his tally of senior club appearances across his career to nearly 300 thanks to his stint on the south coast.

Dean Jones update – Alex McCarthy

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Jones understands that McCarthy has been left frustrated at Southampton, having been frozen out of the starting XI, and he is likely to be on the radar of numerous clubs who are looking for fresh competition between the sticks for the second half of the campaign.

But the respected reporter believes the ex-Leeds United man’s route out of St Mary’s could be blocked by Martin due to ongoing doubts over Bazunu’s long-term future.



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