James Rodriguez put in a rather disappointing display for Colombia against Chile as the teams drew 2-2 in a 2022 World Cup qualifier.
News outlet Futbol Red described the performance of the Everton star as ‘off’, with further claims that he ‘didn’t shine’ and was ‘lacking the personality he’s used to from fans’ as his country had to settle for a point in the end against the Chileans.
James Rodriguez was disappointing
Indeed, Rodriguez was quite disappointing throughout the game considering the 29-year old’ s capabilities.
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He lost possession of the ball no fewer than 21 times throughout the match, which was the joint-most out of anyone else on the pitch, according to Sofascore. Rodriguez also failed to make a single key pass or complete a successful dribble.
James Rodriguez will need to be better in the derby
The Goodison Park faithful will be hoping that this is just a blip from their South American ace and that he will have much more of a positive influence against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
Rodriguez has scored three goals and supplied two assists in just four appearances in the Premier League so far this term. The Colombian has also won a staggering 6.3 of his duels per game, in addition creating four big chances and averaging 3.3 key passes, two successful dribbles and 1.8 shots a match so far (via Sofascore).
Everton supporters will be hoping that Rodriguez can put this disappointing display aside and shine for the Toffees on derby day as the Blues look to get one over on their bitter rivals.
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