Former Everton player Michael Ball reckons the presence of James Rodriguez at Goodison Park will boost the club’s pulling power no end this summer.
The Blues brought in Rodriguez from Real Madrid last summer on a free transfer and the Colombian was a blockbuster signing. He has won the Champions League, La Liga and Bundesliga twice in his career and took home the World Cup Golden Boot in 2014 (via Transfermarkt).
Ball, who made more than 100 appearances for Everton between 1996 and 2001, says that the club are becoming an increasingly attractive proposition.
In his Liverpool Echo column, he wrote: “We’re lucky to have James at Everton because of his relationship with Carlo Ancelotti, and you would hope that would leave others on the outside looking in thinking, ‘I want to learn from Ancelotti, I want him to improve me as a player.
“We can offer a club where they will be a key player and play alongside James Rodriguez. We’re looking for the next icon to have their name chanted from the terraces.”
Everton harbouring European ambitions
In Ancelotti’s first full season at the helm, the Toffees are well-placed to make a return to European competition. They are two points off the top six ahead of the run-in and retain a game in hand on the sides above them.
Everton were last in Europe in the 2017/18 season but it was far from a memorable campaign as they bowed out of the Europa League in the group stages.
Transfer Tavern verdict
Everton are a seriously impressive outfit at this moment in time. It just remains to be seen to what extent the effects of the pandemic will rein in the club’s spending power.
The Blues spent more than £67m last summer and brought in less than £4m through player sales (via Transfermarkt), so there may need to be greater balancing of the books this time around before any more superstar names like Rodriguez rock up at Goodison Park.
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