EbeneInfo – AU – Everton star James Rodriguez has proven Premier League skeptics wrong by dominating and dictating the game against Liverpool and Tottenham


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Everton appointed Carlo Ancelotti in December 2019 and it was a big statement from the club on their intention for the future

Not only is the Italian a three-time Champions League winner, he was also seen as an incredible man who would attract talent to the club

After a slow start to his time at the club, the summer transfer window ahead of the start of the 2019/20 season saw real improvements in terms of squad

Signings of Allan, Napoli, and Abdoulaye Doucoure, Watford, bolstered a weak midfield unit Although they were functional, there was yet another addition coming that would add the creative spark they still lacked

In September, the club announced the signing, on a two-year contract with an option for a third, of Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez

The Colombian had endured a rough patch with Los Blancos and his path to first-team football was blocked by the depth of talent in front of him

The fact that he chose to switch to the Toffees again highlighted Ancelotti’s draw The Italian had already coached James during a spell as coach at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and they had a good relationship

The addition of James seems to have sparked something in Everton and his creative ability unlocked the attack potential on that side

Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in particular got off to a good start to the season and James immediately developed an almost telepathic understanding with the excellent French full-back Everton Lucas Digne

The purpose of this tactical analysis is to provide some insight into what makes James such an impressive performer ahead of their clash with Fulham, live on talkSPORT 2 Sunday at noon

Above is an image showing the average positions of Everton players in their recent game against West Ham United

The Toffees, on paper, played a 4-3-3 with Richarlison to the left of the attack, Calvert-Lewin as a 9 and James playing from the right In truth, however, James drifted to central positions in the point that this has become his default position on the court

From these areas the Colombian can be extremely influential with his ability to receive the ball before looking to play with balls that cross the last line of the opposing defensive structure.

When James receives the ball in these positions he has the ability to accept the ball in tight areas when under pressure He has the technical ability to play under extreme pressure and find the right pass

We see a situation above with James moving to the right side to receive the ball in the middle

In doing so, he allows his teammate to connect a relatively straightforward vertical pass to the space between the lines of Liverpool’s defensive structure

In these areas, over time and space, James possesses the range of skills that make him a threat in different ways

He can lead in possession of the ball towards the defensive line in order to force the opposing central defenders out of position to engage the ball He also has the passing range and the vision to access all areas of the pitch in this zone, depending on the positioning of opposition defenders

In this example Calvert-Lewin leads the line and when James receives possession of the ball the young striker performs a smart double move in order to stay in play and create a separation between him and the defensive players.

By making this move he can make the run over the defensive line safe knowing that James has the quality to find the run with a perfectly weighted pass

This time James is positioned even higher and more central than he was in the previous example

As the Colombian receives the ball from the left wing, West Ham’s defensive block is initially poorly positioned

These are the moments when you see the value of having the experience and composure of a James’ player in the final third

When taking the ball, a defensive player immediately comes out to press the ball.In this situation, many players would panic and try to force their next action

Even under pressure, James is calm and he waits for Richarlison to make a curved run into the penalty area The ball is then slipped through the defensive line as the Colombian creates a scoring chance

While James may be at his most dangerous level in the last third of the pitch, that doesn’t mean he’s not an effective contributor in deeper areas, especially in times of transition. offensive

As we have seen before, James nominally plays on the right side of the attack and he falls in this area when Everton are out of possession

This means that when they get the ball back and look to go from defense to attack, the Colombian receives the ball either in the wide zone or in the half-box on that side of the pitch.

In these areas it is extremely dangerous with the ability to carry the ball into space or seek a vertical pass or a diagonal pass to take advantage of the spaces left open by the opposing defensive structure

We see an example of the vision and reach of passing passes that James has in the image above

When he initially receives the ball, from Doucoure, he spins in a more central area and immediately seeks to put the ball on his left foot

Even though there are two Liverpool players positioned just in front of the ball, the Colombia international still has time to choose the pass he wants

This pass is often a switch to access the opposite side of the pitch where Digne is looking to move high from the back left position

In this area of ​​the pitch, as Richarlison moves inside, space opens up for Digne to attack in the final third

A similar situation here in the game against Spurs as James takes possession of the ball in the right half-space

This time around there is less space as the ball is closer to the goal and Spurs’ defensive form looks good

Again, however, the selling point is Digne who advances with a delayed run from the rear left position

As the Frenchman heads to the penalty area, James has the quality of playing a ball with the perfect weight and trajectory to access space and drop the ball perfectly into the penalty area for Digne.

When James first moved to England there was doubt as to his ability to adapt to the specific physical and mental demands of the Premier League

His relative lack of first-team football over the past two or three seasons has led some to believe he didn’t have the hunger Everton needed

It only took a few weeks for James to end all this talk

He’s dominated and dictated the game time and time again and provided the attacking momentum the Toffees need

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EbeneInfo – AU – Everton star James Rodriguez has proven that skeptics of the Premier League were wrong in dominating and dictating the game against Liverpool and Tottenham

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