On a special Q & A edition, Hughes was asked about James Rodriguez’s signing and if he considered the move to be a success or a failure.
The Toffees signed the Colombian from Real Madrid on a free transfer in the last summer window, and he made an incredible start to life at Goodison Park, scoring three goals and providing three assists in his opening six league games.
However, since then, he has missed ten league matches and only contributed two further goals, and one further assist.
Hughes, though, thinks that Rodriguez has been more of a success than a failure.
He said: (4:30) “I’m definitely more towards success than failure, without doubt in fact.
“He has missed a fair few games, I actually got a little bit of stick for pointing that out at the start of the year, but it’s the truth.
“He does miss a lot of matches, but this is really what I expected, based on his injury record when he first [came] in.
“I think it’s one of the reasons Everton were able to sign him because I think a fully fit and available James Rodriguez week in week out plays at a much higher level because I do think he’s that good.”
Do you think Rodriguez has been a good signing?
Yes, he has been fantastic
No, too injury prone
TIF Thoughts on Rodriguez…
If you look at the Colombian’s injury record, you can see that at both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, he had a lot of injuries, so there is clearly a problem with his fitness.
However, Rodriguez showed what he could do for the Toffees when he strings a consistent run of games together like he did at the start of the season.
If he can get back to that form and stay fit, then the Toffees do have a bargain in the Colombian, considering they signed him for free.
So, though his season has been disrupted at times, we still think he has been a good signing for Everton.