Journalist Daniel Storey has claimed that Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez will be “huge” for Everton against Leicester City.
Everton go into the game sat sixth in the top flight, trailing their Midlands counterparts by six points – with Leicester in third position (per BBC).
A boost for the Toffees will be that Rodriguez bagged two assists in their 3-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup (per Transfermarkt).
In the latest episode of The Totally Football Show, Storey discussed Rodriguez and claimed that he could be “huge” in the game against Leicester. (52:50)
He said: “James Maddison’s come in to form but Everton have got James Rodriguez back, who looks brilliant.
“He was the best player against Sheffield Wednesday, albeit a poor Championship side at the moment.
“Having that smoothness that he provides is huge. I think him against Wilfred Ndidi will be an absolutely fascinating watch.
“I think they’re probably two of the best players at doing exactly what they do in the Premier League.”
TIF Thoughts on what Daniel Storey said about James Rodriguez…
As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, he believes that the Colombian could be “huge” for Ancelotti against the Foxes and his matchup with Ndidi will be “fascinating”.
Is James Rodriguez the best signing Everton have made in a long time?
No, not proven himself yet
Yes, he is unreal
So far this season, the 29-year-old midfielder has proven what an important player he is for the Toffees having bagged three goals and three assists in 12 league appearances (per WhoScored).
His performances have been stellar, too, as he has earned a 7.44/10 average rating in the league, making him Everton’s best-performing player.
With Ndidi having been Leicester’s best performer in the top flight so far this season, too, Storey certainly could be right that it will be an interesting battle between the two.