James Rodriguez go back to Colombia selection as one of the figures of the Everton leader of the English Premier League. The affection of Carlo Ancelotti, the respect of the dressing room and his intact football, they have it in a moment to take advantage ahead of the first double date of the South American Qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup 2022.
In the last Eliminatory, James found in the National Team a refuge to the complex moments he had with Real Madrid and his first months at Bayern Munich. With his companions, the yellow shirt and surrounded by affection, promoted the classification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
A home that always made him feel safe in his low hours, to which he now returns in a great moment. With full energy and spirits, in addition to a footballing level highlighted by the Premier League, the English press and the Everton squad.
Trust and football
Everything starts from Carlo Ancelotti’s trust. The Italian coach defended his desire to have him in the project against the skepticism generated by his signing. He made James a cause of his own for which his prestige was at stake.
On the court he put it like a attacker from the right but with a lot of freedom to find areas where you can unbalance with the ball. On the left, as a half point, with supporters such as Allan and Doucouré to recover and pressure. Your category solves the rest.
“James is a 10 that at the moment does not play in position, but he has the quality to play there. He does it on the right side, not as a winger, because he likes to come in to use his ability in midfield,” explained Ancelotti .
The numbers back it up. In four games he generated 12 goal options for his team. A record that places him in the top five of this category, along with Salah and De Bruyne. His technique is also measured with statistics on offensive influence. Of the total of his passes, 81 percent were given in the opponent’s field.
“He is a first-rate player. You can see when he has the ball, the quality he has. It attracts people and opens space for other players on the field. He creates opportunities and that’s all you can hope for as a forward, “said his teammate. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, one of the Premier’s scorers with six touchdowns.
Among the best of the Premier
His three goals in four games reflect his state of mind. The intact middle distance and the conviction to step into the area as an extra striker. In addition, he entered the dressing room well. Winger Alex Iwobi certified it. “The new players have really been well received. They are enjoying their time here. It just shows that we are a great family. You can see their quality when they play. And we see it in training every day, it still amazes me.”
The BBC and the Premier League agreed on their choice of the best team on the fourth date. On the goal that closed the 4-1 victory against Brighton, the local media stressed that “James kept his gaze fixed on the ball, knowing that nothing less than perfect contact and the opportunity was gone. He took that moment with respect and he put the ball where it belonged: in the back of the net. Players like him don’t miss opportunities like that. That’s why Everton is leading the league. “
At a good time, it adds to the warmth that the Selection always gives you. Illusive to see it like this.