James Rodriguez is set to be named in Everton’s matchday squad for their trip to Southampton in the Premier League today.
As per the Liverpool Echo, the Colombia international travelled with the rest of Carlo Ancelotti’s team to the south coast last night. Rodriguez is now expected to be named in the matchday squad for the game at St Mary’s in what is something of a shock twist.
Will Rodriguez be a success at Everton?
Ancelotti had previously seemed to rule out the 29-year old taking any part in the match following an injury which he sustained from a tackle by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby last week. However, it looks as if Rodriguez may now be available for today’s clash in what will surely be welcomed as a big boost to the Toffees.
Rodriguez has been ‘unbelievable’
Indeed, Rodriguez has been deserving of the description of ‘unbelievable’ conferred on him by Frank McAvennie given his form for the Blues since arriving from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window. The attacking midfielder has scored three goals and supplied a further four assists in six matches over all competitions so far this season (Transfermarkt).
Rodriguez has won a rather impressive seven of his duels per game in the top flight and has also averaged 3.2 key passes, 2.2 successful dribbles and 1.8 shots per match (Sofascore).
The Colombian will have to wait to see if he is deemed fit enough to start the game against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, but it should certainly be a boost to the Toffees’ chances of winning the match if he starts from the off.
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