Everton summer signing James Rodriguez has come in for huge praise from Jamie Carragher following his impressive start with Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees.
The Colombia international joined Everton on a two-year contract earlier this month, with the Goodison Park side having an option on a third year for the playmaker.
Rodriguez, who reportedly cost Everton £20million, is one of four new signings on the blue half of Merseyside, along with Niels Nkounkou, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure.
All four have shone for the Toffees, who have won all six of their competitive games this season to go third in the Premier League table and into the League Cup quarter-finals.
Rodriguez has already registered one goal and one assist, and currently ranks behind only Mohamed Salah in the top flight with 10 chances created for teammates.
“He’s been a revelation at Everton and completely changed the mood with the supporters,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I wasn’t sure how it would work out at first. I know he’s played for some big clubs but he’s never really fitted in and become a regular.
“It’s almost like he’s got a relationship with Carlo Ancelotti, more than anything. I think that relationship is one of the reasons why Ancelotti is at Everton, so he can attract this calibre of player.
“It gives everyone in the squad a lift when you come to the training ground and see a player of that quality. They’d see that quality day in and day out, and it lifts standards.
“He’s not the only player that’s come in, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure have made a difference as well – that was a big area for Everton to strengthen in the summer.
“But James Rodriguez has just added that bit of class Everton were lacking. He’s there to create for Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.”
Rodriguez has endured several lean years but he has hit the ground running at Everton, and the £20million reportedly paid by the club is looking like a bargain.
Credit must go to Ancelotti for not only having faith in the Colombian but for the other signings made, and of course for getting the best out of the players who were already at the club.
It’s early days but it’s shaping up to be an exciting season for the blue half of Merseyside, and long may it continue.