Michael Ball believes that James Rodriguez was the best player at Everton when he actually got on the pitch.
The Colombia international has sealed a move to Al-Rayyan in Qatar, bringing down the curtain on his spell at Goodison Park.
The former Real Madrid star lasted only a season on Merseyside and will now be playing in the Qatari Stars League for the foreseeable future.
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In total, Rodriguez made 23 Premier League appearances and scored six goals, while also registering five assists.
Ball was impressed with the playmaker when he was on the pitch, as he continually changed games and made things happen.
Of course, it was the exit of manager Carlo Ancelotti that potentially sealed his fate, as he returned to Real, and Rafael Benitez was appointed as his replacement.
After the Italian’s exit, Rodriguez did not return to pre-season training, instead being pictured holidaying on a yacht.
But Ball is disappointed to see him leave, saying: “We know he didn’t play many games last year but when he did play, he did show his talent, and he showed he was head and shoulders the best player on the pitch.
“I think the fans probably understood he’s not going to play every game but when he did, he did create, he did score goals.”
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