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James McCarthy possesses the qualities that could make him a future Everton captain, according to his manager Roberto Martinez.

The midfielder has only been a Blue for four months but has already made a significant impression since his £13million move from Wigan Athletic.

In Everton’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa six weeks ago, McCarthy passed the 250-game landmark at club level, despite being just 23-years-old.

And it’s this maturity, both on-and-off the field, which makes Martinez believe the Irishman could one day become the occupier of the armband at Goodison.

Asked whether the midfielder has the credentials to follow in the footsteps of past midfield Club captains, Martinez declared: “Yes, he has that. He's a real example.

“When you're talking about players who you want to set an example to the youngsters, he's clearly that.

“To be able to reach that landmark [250 appearances] at that age shows you that he's never changed, he just embraces challenges.

“He wants to get in positions where he can help the team and he's such a humble footballer and example of how a modern footballer should behave.

“Looking at the way he's been enjoying his football at Everton, it's been a real joy for everyone and he deserves that milestone and deserves to be an example.”

On Wednesday, McCarthy was recognised for his excellent contribution so far by scooping the Club’s Player of the Month award for November.

Click here to watch an exclusive evertontv interview with McCarthy, who discusses his prize, the Merseyside derby and his start to life at Goodison Park.

If you want to watch Everton in action this Christmas, tickets for the games against Sunderland (26 December) and Southampton (29 December) are on sale now. Click here to buy online. Alternatively you can call 0871 663 1878* or visit the Box Office, Everton Two or the TicketQuarter.

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