According to a report from Spanish outlet AS, Everton could be set to battle fellow Premier League outfit Arsenal in the race for Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez’ temporary services – with this piece claiming the La Liga giants could be open to letting him leave on loan for the rest of the campaign.
Rodriguez, who amassed four league starts for the Galacticos before suffering a knee ligament injury back in October, has so far struggled to establish himself as a main starter since his return to fitness – with manager Zinedine Zidane now reportedly open to letting him go out on loan again in a bid to regain his form.
The Colombian, who had a solid season at Bayern Munich in 2017/2018, scoring seven goals and assisting seven others from midfield whilst averaging a 90% pass success rate in the league (WhoScored.com), has suffered from a plethora of injury issues in recent years – missing 16 games in total for the Bundesliga giants in his last season at the Allianz Arena (Transfermarkt). However, when fit, Rodriguez appears to stand out as a creative asset – making more key passes per game (2) and totalling the same amount of goals and assists combined from midfield (2) as current Toffees man Gylfi Sigurdsson despite playing featuring far less this season.
The 28-year-old was also once put in the ‘same class of Diego Maradona’ alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez by former Uruguay international boss Oscar Tabarez at the 2014 World Cup, as per the BBC. The South American gaffer also insisted that Rodriguez was ‘the best player’ at that tournament after his Colombia side cruised past Uruguay 2-0 courtesy of his brace in the Round of 16. Even though years have gone by since then, Rodriguez is debatably still a creative force – evident by his solid statistics when he does get a chance to display his form on the pitch. If the Toffees manage a loan move for the Real Madrid man, it could be viewed as one of the biggest stories of the window, but whether they manage to pull it off is a different matter entirely.
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