Premier League Back to his best at Everton
James Rodriguez has taken the Premier League by storm this season.
The Colombian raised plenty of eyebrows after swapping Real Madrid for Everton earlier in the summer, but the move already appears to have been justified.
Under Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park, the midfielder seems to be back to his best and at the centre of everything good that his team do.
We’ve listed five reasons why we’re now seeing a different James to the one we saw at Real Madrid last season.
The Italian coach has shown plenty of confidence in James this summer, despite the disappointing campaign he had in Spain last time out.
The Colombian international has been given the responsibility of leading the team in creating and scoring chances.
There aren’t many players of James’ quality in the Premier League.
The former Real Madrid man primarily plays on the left for Everton but likes to drift inside to get more involved in attacking play.
Since his arrival on Merseyside, there has been very little doubt that James possessed the ability to make the difference for Everton.
After a couple of excellent performances, he’s convinced the Everton squad of his importance and feels the support of his teammates.
Ancelotti has led a revolution at Everton this summer, bringing in a whole new midfield in order to change the style of the team.
James arrived alongside Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure and the results are clear for all to see – four wins from four games in the Premier League.
The presence of Colombia teammate Mina has been fundamental in helping James adapt to life in England so quickly.
The defender is very well settled in Liverpool and in the Everton dressing room, allowing him to incorporate James into the club easily.
There are also several Spanish-speaking players at Everton, like Lucas Digne, Richarlison, Andres Gomes and Sandro, plus coach Ancelotti.