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McCarthy likened to Everton hero Bracewell

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has likened Everton midfielder James McCarthy to club great Paul Bracewell.

Of McCarthy's performance at Arsenal, Smith wrote in the Telegraph: "McCarthy's maturity, his understanding of the role, shone through as Everton moved through the gears.

"Lodged next to (Gareth) Barry, he protected the back four with a great deal of intelligence whenever Arsenal tried to get things going. Not only that, he showed a good range of passing in supporting attacks, content to play the simple ball when it was on. one superb curling cross, hit first time, displayed a quick mind as well as clean feet.

"Looking for comparisons, Everton folk of a certain age may see something of the Paul Bracewell in the new lad. An unsung hero who does so much for the team with his passing, tackling and all-round industry."

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