Premier League His class showed when needed most
James Rodriguez has been criticsed since his arrival in England and particularly in recent weeks for his fitness, but the Colombian may have silenced a few by popping up with a sublime assist in extra time on Saturday.
Carlo Ancelotti has compared James to Cristiano Ronaldo for the way he appears not to run much but is decisive at crucial moments and the player himself has admitted not valuing the physical side of the game enough.
That coupled with James’ trouble overcoming injury gave voice to some critics suggesting that he wasn’t fit enough.
Against Rotherham in the FA Cup however, James proved he can go the distance, settling the game with a fantastic assist in extra time.
Earlier this month James tweeted a picture of one of his training sessions, perhaps to highlight how hard he does work on his physique, and now the challenge is to make it show on the pitch in the Premier League.
Everton play Wolves away on Tuesday with James expected to retain his starting spot.