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Stats show exactly what Everton are losing out on as James Rodriguez departs

James Rodriguez is leaving a creative hole at Everton.

The Colombian has left Goodison Park for Qatar, joining Al Nayyan for an undisclosed fee (BBC).

However, the Toffees will seriously miss the 30-year-old as some stats have emerged showing just how influential he is.

In the Premier League last season, Rodriguez shone for the Goodison crowd.

On top of scoring six goals in 26 appearances, his creative output was outstanding.

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Rodriguez came out on top amongst the Everton squad for big chances created (11), final third passes (260) and expected assists (5.4).

On top of that he also came 2nd amongst the Toffees’ squad in shot-creating actions (72) and 3rd for successful dribbles (34).

These incredible numbers came despite the fact that Rodriguez only featured in 23 of the club’s 38 league games (Transfermarkt).

Had James have managed to play the full 38 games under Carlo Ancelotti, his numbers would have skyrocketed.

Unfortunately, the Colombian is now off, without any of the fans having been able to see him live in the flesh.

The likes of Demarai Gray and co who are left at the club have a huge creative void to fill.

James Rodriguez is leaving a creative hole at Everton

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Rodriguez’s numbers made him a special talent.

Rafa Benitez has done a good job without him so far, but there’s no doubt that the lack of creativity will hit them at some point.

It’s sad to see Rodriguez departing Merseyside.

At just 30-years-old he can still clearly contribute at the top level.

His pace was never relied upon at Everton so he could clearly have stayed.

Yet now he’s gone and the Toffees are left with a huge creative hole in midfield.

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