'One source put it': Report shares how Everton players feel about James Rodriguez exit
After James Rodriguez completed his move to Al-Rayyan, The Athletic have now shared how Everton players feel about his exit.
What’s the story?
Well, it seems like there are mixed feelings about the Colombian’s exit at Goodison Park.
The Athletic believe Rodriguez was extremely popular among Everton’s South American contingent, including Richarlison and Yerry Mina.
It is said that his exit has disappointed these players.
However, The Athletic add that the majority of the dressing room have already moved on.
‘As one source put it’ – write The Athletic – Rodriguez has “not been involved at all, so won’t really make a difference to them.”
Also revealed in the article is the fact that some players would privately complain about the 30-year-old, claiming that playing with him would be akin to having ten men.
The Athletic add that Benitez shared this view.
Overall, seeing as Rodriguez was being paid £200,000-a-week, it’s probably for the best that he’s gone – Benitez certainly won’t miss him.
James Rodriguez is a lesson for Everton
At the time, when a player of Rodriguez’s pedigree is staring you in the face, it’s hard not to bring him to the club.
However, the move has ended miserably for both parties, and Everton should let this be a lesson to themselves.
Of course, everyone wants a superstar in their ranks, but not if they’re going to cause issues behind the scenes.
Next time a £200,000-a-week superstar is available, Everton must ask themselves if those wages would be better spent on four, hardworking players on £50,000-a-week each.
That is, in our view, the more sustainable approach.