Rodriguez impressing with Everton
James Rodriguez has been a key figure for Everton since his move from Real Madrid last summer.
In 18 Premier League outings this term, Rodriguez has managed to notch a very respectable five goals and four assists, with his creative prowess having provided a huge boost for Carlo Ancelotti and co.
However, the Colombian is currently out of action, and has missed the Merseysiders’ last four league outings, two of which saw them fall to defeat. The 29-year-old was also forced to watch on from home as his side exited the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester City in their last tie before the international break.
‘I can hit some better form’
Recent comments on Rodriguez’s part, though, certainly appear to suggest that he will be back available when Everton take on Crystal Palace on April 5th.
This will no doubt prove to be a huge boost for the Toffees, who remain in the thick of the race for European football.
At present, Everton sit 8th in the Premier League, two points off 6th and five points off 4th. Crucially, though, they have at least one game in hand on all of the sides above them.
And now, ahead of his return to action, Rodriguez has opened up on his stint on Merseyside thus far.
And though the midfielder confirmed that he is ‘reasonably happy’ with how he is playing, James also assured that there is ‘more to come’:
“I’m reasonably happy with how I am playing. I think there’s more to come and I can hit some better form but when I’ve performed well, it’s had a positive effect on the team.
“And that’s what I want: for the team to play good football and perform at a high standard.
“I’ve come to a good club, a club that wants to achieve big things. I’m with a manager [Carlo Ancelotti] who knows exactly what I’m like. I get on fantastically well with him, just like a father and son.
“Many of my hopes and dreams have come to fruition, but when you fulfil your dreams, you want to achieve even more, so here we are, now, taking things step by step.
“Firstly, we need to be fighting it out around the top of the league. The past two games [defeats to Burnley and Chelsea] haven’t been as good as we would have liked but that’s the Premier League.
“Every game is like a final, a battle, but that’s what we’re here for and you have to make sure you’re in good shape and strong mentally and prepared for everything, as it’s going to be tough.”
Quotes via Sky Sports News.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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