Speaking on the Toffee TV YouTube channel, presenter Barry Cass discussed James Rodriguez’s future and comments made about him.
The Colombian international was brought to Goodison Park as a free agent last summer under Carlo Ancelotti but he is yet to even make the bench for Everton this season under Rafa Benitez, all while earning his £90,000 per week (Spotrac).
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The reason that Rodriguez’s future is yet again a topic of discussion is that former Colombia manager Jorge Luis Pinto has said ‘James has to leave the good life and dedicate himself to football, because if he does not dedicate himself to football, football leaves him’ which is a very damning claim from someone back in his home country.
Cass gave his thoughts on these comments and what they could mean for Rodriguez (1:15):
“These are people who know him, people who’ve worked with him, urging him to really get his head down and work. It was interesting that line about the good life, obviously we don’t know how hard James works or he doesn’t work as Evertonians.
“But people who’ve worked with him maybe suggesting that he needs to do more. Certainly Rafael Benitez has said that he needs to get his levels up, work a bit harder and show that commitment to get into the Everton side.”
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Despite being a high-profile player having turned out for teams including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Everton and Benitez appear to be coping with life in the Premier League pretty well without the Colombian international, picking up three wins and one draw from their opening four league games.
Last season was also nothing to shout about for Rodriguez in terms of putting up good numbers with his six goals and nine assists in all competitions, nothing amazing and if you factor in that he spent 80 days on the sidelines missing 12 games due to injury, he may well be more hassle than he’s worth to have around the club.
This could be true especially if his antics on Twitch are anything to go by, as on one stream recently he admitted that he didn’t know who Everton were playing that weekend. This is not something you want from a player at your club, in matchday squads or not, players should be aware of who the club are playing at the weekend.