The Lowdown: Rodriguez eyes European return
The 30-year-old experienced Premier League football during his spell with Everton last season, but following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, who brought him to the club in the first place, the Colombian ended up leaving Merseyside after just just one year, having fallen down the pecking order under Rafael Benitez.
Despite that good form, it was recently revealed by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano that Rodriguez surprisingly wants to leave his current club and is eyeing a return to Europe; and Spanish sources have since claimed that the Irons are among several clubs who are interested in securing the playmaker’s services.
The Latest: O’Rourke doubts Rodriguez to West Ham
He said: “They’ve also got the likes of Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals, who are quite creative players, and I think obviously they work hard as well.
“So, I think James Rodriguez is maybe a bit of a luxury player in that respect that he might not buy into the Moyes ethos of working hard on and off the ball.
“So, for me, I don’t see this one really happening, even though Rodriguez, on his day, is a top player, and he’s proven that over his career.”
The Verdict: Not the man for the job
One of the main reasons that West Ham have been so successful under David Moyes – especially this season having made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Europa League – is because of their team spirit, togetherness and strong unity. However, as O’Rourke has warned, Rodriguez could be viewed as someone who’s more of an individual performer rather than working as part of a team.
As per FBRef, the £200k-per-week star has only made 250 pressures throughout the entire season, compared to someone like Fornals who has recorded a staggering 618, which just goes to show the difference in effort to win the ball back in the middle of the park.
If Rodriguez wouldn’t be willing to work as hard as his fellow team-mates out of possession, then he isn’t the kind of player that Moyes should be considering adding to his Irons squad ahead of the 2022/23 season.
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