Everton’s supporters have flooded to social media this evening, to call for outcast James Rodriguez to be reintegrated into the club’s setup over the coming weeks.
Bailey rounds out the scoring
Rafael Benitez’s men were back in action a short time ago.
The Toffees made the trip to Villa Park for a Premier League showdown with Aston Villa, aiming to make it four wins from five to start out the campaign.
When all was said and done on Saturday, however, to say that Everton were brought firmly back down to earth would be putting it lightly.
Amid an altogether concerning display, the Blues were put to the sword by three goals to nil, by a Villa outfit who had not exactly set the world alight over the opening weeks of the new season.
After Matty Cash opened the scoring beyond the hour mark, Everton simply capitulated, culminating in both a Lucas Digne own goal, and Leon Bailey’s first in Claret and Blue fifteen minutes from time:
Leon Bailey announces himself at Villa Park with a thumping strike to make it 3-0! 💥 pic.twitter.com/mKthXwljfr
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 18, 2021
Dean Smith’s hosts, in turn, have climbed into the top half of the Premier League table.
James pleas spread
Over on the blue half of Merseyside, on the other hand, the inquest now begins.
Everton, in their defence, were without a whole host of key performers this evening, in the form of the sidelined Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Jordan Pickford and Seamus Coleman.
The Toffees’ showing, however, all told, was simply not good enough.
But, if the latest social media activity on the part of the club’s fanbase is anything to go by, then supporters of Rafael Benitez’s outfit are evidently of the opinion that one change on the part of the club’s boss could go a long way in getting Everton swiftly back on track over the weeks ahead.
The switch-up in question? The reintegration of midfield technician James Rodriguez…
That’s what happen when u play a venezuelan instead of Tom Davies or James Rodriguez.
— David 🇳🇬 (@970803DO) September 18, 2021
Bringing Anthony Gordon on when @jamesdrodriguez is sat at home playing on his PlayStation and we are 2-0 down
The rift needs sorting
— Stephen Barrow (@stephenbarrow) September 18, 2021
He could play James Rodriguez though 🤷🏻♂️
— Ste White (@stejwhite) September 18, 2021
2-0 down and we’re bringing Gordon on to rescue something.
Meanwhile, James Rodriguez is sitting at home watching Strictly.
— Earl of Greatness ™ (@EarlGrey_79) September 18, 2021
@rafabenitezweb we still employ James Rodriguez btw, just so you know
— ً (@sayantan_01) September 18, 2021
Benitez thinking he’s too good to play james Rodriguez while iwobi runs around like a headless chicken
— Jim logan (@jimjlogan1) September 18, 2021
You can’t have a player of James Rodriguez quality not in that team. Criminal
— Gareth leadbetter (@Garethleadbett3) September 18, 2021
Sure would be great if we could bring on James Rodriguez right now…
— dominic calvert-lewin simp account 🇨🇴 (@scaredofbones) September 18, 2021
Why have a Ferarri and use your Kia? Rafa needs to get rid of his hatred of James Rodriguez!
— Woodinho (@Woodinho76) September 18, 2021
Time for James Rodriguez to come into the team. We lacked final third quality all game.
— ㅤً (@Evertxn) September 18, 2021
This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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