19 Oct 2020 09:42:16
Just wanted to ask the question.

During the summer we were tentatively linked to James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, which was met with a lot of derision and generally negative comments.

Seeing how he has settled to life at Everton has anyone changed their mind? Do people in light of failing to get Sancho feel that James Rodriguez could have been a fine addition to our squad?

1.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 10:01:39
James would have turned into another Sanchez here collecting a ton of money.
At Everton Anchelotti knows how to deal with him hence why he's doing pretty well.

Its still early days and he hasn't had a big run of games yet, but early signs are he's going to do well.

2.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 11:04:02
Not for me I would still wait and get sancho .
I woukd still take grealish over James as well.
With bruno and pogba I don't think we need james type.

3.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 11:10:46
Nah not for me. He’s found his level maybe?

4.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 11:46:20
He has found his level. Big fish in a small pond.
He has flopped and never stood out while playing for Bayern or Real Madrid.

5.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 11:48:37
I see James as a player comparable to Mata, and we already have Mata.

And we wouldn't be able to give him the platform he has at Everton, our defensive midfield simply isn't as stable as Evertons.

I think Everton had a great transfer summer, smart signings that seem to fit a larger plan.

6.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 11:48:40
Rather break the bank for Son if it were ever possible.

7.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 11:51:04
Its been 5 games.

No one doubted that James 'could' have been a good signing but he also 'could not' have been a good signing. For reference, see sanchez, mata, lukaku, mkhitaryan etc.

8.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 12:49:12
Very much in the mold of bruno mata and dvdb. Nor sure if we need another out that type.
He is not a wide player as such so its a no from me despite how well he has started at Everton.
He is a good player.

9.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 12:56:08
I think he's found his level.

10.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 13:19:33
Shappy, i think you would get a better answer once we have played Everton. There are players who we have been linked with in the past but for some reason didn't join but came good elsewhere, Hazard for instance, Fabregas even Kroos. I bet Bale too would have a great season at Spurs and yet people would justify not getting him.

11.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 13:55:50
Found his level. Boys your having a laugh. That Everton side look a lot better than us at the moment.

12.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 14:16:44
leahy, perhaps because they are managed by Ancelotti and not Solksjaer.

13.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 14:38:13
And perhaps because it’s been 5 games, it made me laugh yesterday when the commentators were saying during the palace game about goal difference and what position it is moving them up to in the table, who cares what the table looks like this early on, it’s madness, everyone is so close together. Let’s give James a season and see how he does, anyone can look good for a few games.

14.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 14:51:01
I don't think he found his level, he is a very good player, intelligent with good first touch and excellent passes. But because of his lack of pace he can't play without protection, Anceloti uses him in a similar role Mata played the game before. On papper he plays right winger but he plays narrow, next to three midfielders. I think he would be another one we must build the team around him to take most of him. He simply isn't for us.

15.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 15:37:53
Not for me Shappy even though he has obvious quality. My view on him is that he would shine in bursts, the lows would be frequent and for long periods and would be more of a luxury player.
It is possible that he will do well with Ancheloti who is maybe the right manager for him but I do not see him as the right player for us at the minute.

16.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 15:39:59
In one Leahy 😂.

17.) 19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020 17:58:45
Funny isn't it Leahy. They would probably out play us at the moment.

I would take Calvert Lewin to replace Martial though any day of the week. Especially with Greenwood begging to ruin his career.

18.) 20 Oct 2020
20 Oct 2020 04:10:01
I love the "he's found his level" comments, would that be the best player for the team that is top of the EPL? If so isn't that the level we are aiming for? 😂

While he is far from my first choice, and was a player a couple of months ago I didn't want as I thought he could be another "Sanchez". I think I've seen enough so far to suggest he would have been a solid signing for a few years.

19.) 20 Oct 2020
20 Oct 2020 16:36:12
Hindsight's a wonderful thing. Otherwise this scouting malarkey would be a doddle.

{Ed002's Note - I would not hold ypur breath about Malarkey joining Manchester United.}