Former Everton defender Michael Ball reckons the lure of James Rodriguez can help other players in the team to cause damage.
The Colombian star has enjoyed a superb start to life on Merseyside following his transfer from Real Madrid in the summer.
The 29-year-old has been key for the Toffees, and contributed three goals and four assists in all competitions so far.
Undoubtedly, he is already one of Everton’s most important player, and teams appear to be wising up to that notion.
And Ball believes teams targeting Rodriguez could actually be to Everton’s benefit.
Writing in his Liverpool Echo column, he said: “Other teams have already put players specifically on him, but the responsibility then falls on other Everton players to step up.
“The Fulham game was a prime example of them being so obsessed with trying to stop Rodriguez that it left spaces wide open for Iwobi to exploit in the first half.
“If they then don’t mark Rodriguez, he’s got himself in dangerous areas to cause problems, which he did in the build up to two goals.”
TBR’s View – Ball as a point
Rodriguez really is a top talent and it is little wonder teams are starting to get tighter to him and at times double up on him.
It is crystal clear what brilliant vision he has and so it is vital for opponents to stop him supplying the likes of Richarlison, Lucas Digne out wide and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
If teams start to do that, it’s then on other stars to exploit the space.
Just because James becomes tightly marked, doesn’t mean Everton have to stop posing a threat.