Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti said debutant James Rodriguez “has a lot of quality” after the Colombia international starred in the Toffees’ Premier League win at Tottenham.
Rodriguez, who joined Everton from Real Madrid for £12m, showcased his array of passing in his side’s opening fixture of the Premier League season and received the highest mark in the BBC Sport Player Rater, with 8.06.
Ancelotti, who managed the 29-year-old at Bayern Munich and Real, said: “James is not the fastest player in the world but he has a lot of quality. We have to use him to show his quality.
“He is not a winger, but he can come inside and receive the ball, he is very dangerous. I am not worried about the physicality. If I was worried about that I would sign Usain Bolt, not James.”
Rodriguez created five opportunities for his team-mates, the most by a player on their Premier League debut since Alexis Sanchez back in August 2014.
Former England international Karen Carney said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “James Rodriguez is a joy to watch. He started on the right but has been given the chance to roam.
“He has not played in a long time but when he get fitness and rhythm, he will cause havoc for opposition.”
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