James Rodriguez has completed his move to Qatari club Al Rayyan from Everton after a year in Liverpool. The departure of a familiar face that heralded his arrival unsettled the Colombian.
After new Everton manager Rafael Benitez took over, there was a shake-up and the midfielder fell out of favor at Goodison Park. As a result of that, he’s unable to feature for the Toffees this season.
James hit the ground running for the Merseyside club scoring three goals in his first four appearances in the English top-flight. He took the Premier League by storm and it was thought he would carve a niche for himself as one of the best buys in recent times.
However, the former Monaco and Porto midfielder struggled with calf problems during the campaign, the injury blow diminished his chances to blossom as he was able to record just 26 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees throughout the 2020-21 football season.
His numbers were not encouraging either throughout his 12-month sojourn there, the Colombian only scored a meager 6 goals in all competition.
According to the tabloids, James visited Qatar before his final departure to hold extensive talks with the club managed by ex-France coach Laurent Blanc and an agreement was struck with the club which led to the eventuality of his switch to the Middle East.
James’s signed for Al Rayyan for an “undisclosed fee”.
The departure of James Rodriguez relieved Toffees of his huge wage bill of about £200,000 per week. it also helps Everton ease their financial fair play concerns.
Not forgetting how this would give Rafa Benitez the chance to bring in additional legs to stock the squad in January. The Colombian shone like a million stars in the World Cup held in Brazil seven years ago, he scored six goals and won the Golden Boot at the Mundial.
His exploits caught the attention of top clubs in Europe but Real Madrid was the club that secured his services from French giants, AS Monaco for a fee of around £63m.
Since then, he hasn’t lived up to the billing. His time for Los Blancos was a mixture of pleasure and pain. He was loaned to Bayern Munich for two years and later ended up in Everton in 2020 which saw him reunited with a familiar coach who had once been his manager on two occasions, Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Rodriguez’s talent was obvious. The thought of him taking the world by storm seemed realistic seven years ago but the Colombian will be making do with participating in the Qatari League for the foreseeable future.