James Rodriguez is no doubt one of the most intriguing signings in recent Premier League times, as the Colombian brings to Merseyside 18 major trophies across Europe, including two Champions Leagues.
The ex-Real Madrid star burst onto the scene with a sensational 2014 FIFA World Cup, which earned him the Golden Boot, a place in the tournament’s best XI, a Puskas Award for his stunning volley against Uruguay, and, of course, the move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Now, Rodriguez has arguably his toughest contract yet in taking Everton from a mid-table regular to a genuine threat for the top six spots, but it’s one in which McInally believes he can fulfil.
“This is another step in the ladder for him to show everybody that what they saw, he’s still got it.
“Ancelotti’s under a little bit of pressure too, so he’s not bringing him in because has that kind of relationship, he's bringing him in because A, he's a good player, B, he can get more out of him and hopefully in the Premier League with Everton,” McInally added.
Rodriguez has spent the last two seasons on loan at Bayern Munich, one year of which was under Ancelotti. In this time, the creative midfielder registered 14 Bundesliga goals and 15 Bundesliga assists, which subsequently earned him a spot in the 2017/18 Bundesliga Team of the Year.
In total, the 29-year-old has registered 52 goals and 60 assists in club football since that unforgettable summer of 2014. Rogriguez would match this with an excellent debut for the Toffees in the win over Tottenham Hotspur, where he registered an incredible five key passes and three shots in another memorable performance.
Now, after bagging his first goal for Everton, Rodriguez is priced at £2.35 (as of 23/09/20) on Football Index for what could be another sensational campaign for the former La Liga Best Midfielder of 2014/15.