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There’s lots of players in the squad that we want gone…. But no one wants to sign them either…. Not a single team anywhere in the universe.

So… what justify’s them being in the squad and given a chance over him? Serious question as I watched us last night.

Some utter dross in our squad who he looks miles better than. I could understand if they were giving it their all….. but they aren’t.

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I understand that Ellis Simms is only just gettting back up to speed but if he isn't going to come off the bench to replace Rondon when he runs out of gas then there really is no point in having him on the bench to begin with.

With a full strength starting eleven we are capable of Europe but as soon as we pick up injuries and suspensions the quality, belief and confidence levels seem to drop far more than, imho, they should.

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8 hours ago, Shukes said:

There’s lots of players in the squad that we want gone…. But no one wants to sign them either…. Not a single team anywhere in the universe.

So… what justify’s them being in the squad and given a chance over him? Serious question as I watched us last night.

Some utter dross in our squad who he looks miles better than. I could understand if they were giving it their all….. but they aren’t.

James didnt want to be at Everton. His comments and actions both showed that. Any speculation on what the club or Benitez want is ultimately irrelevant because the player has absolutely checked out once Carlo left. Nobody is bigger than the club. 

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6 hours ago, RPG said:

I understand that Ellis Simms is only just gettting back up to speed but if he isn't going to come off the bench to replace Rondon when he runs out of gas then there really is no point in having him on the bench to begin with.

With a full strength starting eleven we are capable of Europe but as soon as we pick up injuries and suspensions the quality, belief and confidence levels seem to drop far more than, imho, they should.

He was an emergency option. Full stop. As an aside not many teams in the world could handle dropping 4 of the first names off their team sheet without a significant effect.

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On 21/09/2021 at 02:11, RPG said:

Football is a team game. James doesn't come across (to me) as a team player. His skill is not in doubt but his commitment and application most certainly is.

His number of assists proves otherwise. The recorded training sessions show him very much part of the team. I'm interested to know why you think he's not a team player?

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Just now, Cornish Steve said:

His number of assists proves otherwise. The recorded training sessions show him very much part of the team. I'm interested to know why you think he's not a team player?

For me it’s more about his willingness to play when he’s not at 100%, to show more effort defensively, to put the team above himself and his personal success. He sits because he’s tired, he doesn’t know who we play, he refers to Everton, his club at the time, as “they” etc.. To be a team player your ultimate goal has to be the success of your club. Do you think that was the case with James? Does anyone? 

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https://www.evertonfc.com/news/2264973/colombian-james-completes-qatar-move

not even a thank you or good luck - James must have really been taking the piss out of the club - I expect since around Jan/Feb time. 

So frustrating after a amazing first couple of months with the club - he looked to be the signing of the season. What a roller coaster he has been for us.

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2 minutes ago, SpartyBlue said:

For me it’s more about his willingness to play when he’s not at 100%, to show more effort defensively, to put the team above himself and his personal success. He sits because he’s tired, he doesn’t know who we play, he refers to Everton, his club at the time, as “they” etc.. To be a team player your ultimate goal has to be the success of your club. Do you think that was the case with James? Does anyone? 

I put no weight whatsoever in quotations when English is not a player's first language. It's so easy to spin what's said out of all proportion. Using 'they instead of 'we'? I'm not a Spanish speaker, but I wouldn't be surprised at all to learn it's a cultural issue. English is such a weird language with so many nuances we take for granted.

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1 minute ago, Cornish Steve said:

I put no weight whatsoever in quotations when English is not a player's first language. It's so easy to spin what's said out of all proportion. Using 'they instead of 'we'? I'm not a Spanish speaker, but I wouldn't be surprised at all to learn it's a cultural issue. English is such a weird language with so many nuances we take for granted.

You’re bending over backwards to support your view here. The evidence is against you. We can ignore his us vs we quotes and he still comes off badly. Not knowing who we play isn’t a mistranslation. Being on an airplane before the season is over isn’t a cultural difference. Consistently terrible defensive effort is there for everyone to see. Not ability, mind you, effort. Can you imagine Seamus or DCL ever doing anything like that? Rafa isn’t going to question his commitment if he was a “team player”. I expect the club knew for a long time that James didn’t want to be here and that explains his disinterest. If he ever cared about being at Everton that left with Carlo. 

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7 minutes ago, Cornish Steve said:

... because he is definitely world-class.

He's not. His fitness and commitment is nowhere near acceptable, hence why he missed out Copa America and now signed for Qatari club. This is not a great example of world class player, who is supposed to be on top of his game at the age of 30.

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5 minutes ago, Cornish Steve said:

... because he is definitely world-class.

emm, world class players don't end up in Qatar at 30 years old because nobody else will pay them 'world class' wages. James has world class footballing abilities but chooses not to put in the work in to be a true world class player. 

He has made a mug of our club and us fans (you just need to look back though this forum on how stupid he has made a lot of us look). In the initial buzz of signing and playing he showed in the first couple of months that he ability to be a great Premiership player, but he has chosen not to put the work and effort in that is needed to make it in the Prem league week on week throughout the winter months. This to me is so much worst than him simply not being a good enough player - he just didn't care. 

Everton fans have always loved and appreciated player who really put a shift in and work their socks off. James has turned out to be the opposite of that.  

 

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1 minute ago, Haiku said:

He's not. His fitness and commitment is nowhere near acceptable, hence why he missed out Copa America and now signed for Qatari club. This is not a great example of world class player, who is supposed to be on top of his game at the age of 30.

It’s a shame because he has the talent but seemingly not the heart. If he’s playing for Bayern or Real Madrid with world class players who can hide his weaknesses he can be tremendous but if he’s asked to do more he gets exposed. The commitment issue reminds me of Kean. They believe, rightly or wrongly, they should be at an elite  club. If they find themselves elsewhere their commitment and their attitude suffers.

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3 minutes ago, RuffRob said:

emm, world class players don't end up in Qatar at 30 years old because nobody else will pay them 'world class' wages. James has world class footballing abilities but chooses not to put in the work in to be a true world class player. 

He has made a mug of our club and us fans (you just need to look back though this forum on how stupid he has made a lot of us look). In the initial buzz of signing and playing he showed in the first couple of months that he ability to be a great Premiership player, but he has chosen not to put the work and effort in that is needed to make it in the Prem league week on week throughout the winter months. This to me is so much worst than him simply not being a good enough player - he just didn't care. 

Everton fans have always loved and appreciated player who really put a shift in and work their socks off. James has turned out to be the opposite of that.  

 

Such small margins. If we had made Europe and/or Carlo had stayed I doubt we are having this conversation or anything like it.

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5 minutes ago, SpartyBlue said:

Such small margins. If we had made Europe and/or Carlo had stayed I doubt we are having this conversation or anything like it.

I actually think James had essentially 'given up' sometime before Carlo left. Carlo threw him under the bus when he said in his press conference that James was too 'tired' to play in one of he matches. James doesn't have the effort in him to make it in the Prem. The talent, yes, but essentially he can't be arsed - almost criminal really how he has taken his wages every week. He is not a player who you would hold up as an example and role model to any youngster in the game. 

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27 minutes ago, RuffRob said:

Everton fans have always loved and appreciated player who really put a shift in and work their socks off. James has turned out to be the opposite of that.  

 

Everton fans have also always loved a player with a bit of magic in their boots. 

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8 minutes ago, RuffRob said:

I actually think James had essentially 'given up' sometime before Carlo left. Carlo threw him under the bus when he said in his press conference that James was too 'tired' to play in one of he matches. James doesn't have the effort in him to make it in the Prem. The talent, yes, but essentially he can't be arsed - almost criminal really how he has taken his wages every week. He is not a player who you would hold up as an example and role model to any youngster in the game. 

I don’t disagree though even a disinterested James was quite productive for us. It’s unfortunate but I suppose it’s understandable on some level. He’s used to playing for super teams that are competing for titles. Now he comes to Everton and a more physical league where we are battling for 7th. Heart wasn’t in it.

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5 minutes ago, StevO said:

Everton fans have also always loved a player with a bit of magic in their boots. 

Indeed, but not so fussed on them if they can't put the effort needed to get on the pitch to use this magic week in and week out.  whether you are being paid £5m or £10m a season players have got to put in the best effort that they can- period. Nothing else is acceptable in my eyes. 

@StevODo you think James has put in the best effort that he could have for Everton FC? 

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32 minutes ago, SpartyBlue said:

I don’t disagree though even a disinterested James was quite productive for us. It’s unfortunate but I suppose it’s understandable on some level. He’s used to playing for super teams that are competing for titles. Now he comes to Everton and a more physical league where we are battling for 7th. Heart wasn’t in it.

Agree 100% and I think this move highlights how little he is prepared to put effort in, he will probably cruise about spraying worldie passes because there’s going to be very little pressure on him. I don’t see the Colombian manager being impressed with his apparent lack of ambition.

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1 hour ago, RuffRob said:

Indeed, but not so fussed on them if they can't put the effort needed to get on the pitch to use this magic week in and week out.  whether you are being paid £5m or £10m a season players have got to put in the best effort that they can- period. Nothing else is acceptable in my eyes. 

@StevODo you think James has put in the best effort that he could have for Everton FC? 

The likes of Deulofeu still got a cheer when he came to Goodison. Not because he worked his arse off, because he was often lazy, but because he could produce a bit of magic. 
 

To answer you direct question; I think James put the same effort in for Everton as he did at Real and at Bayern. I didn’t see him play for any of his other clubs before that. He’s a luxury, he always has been. But his moments of quality have always outweighed his lack of defensive ability. When he has been a success is when his team have made the most of that (such as at Everton at the start of last season when Coleman and Doucoure protected him). The biggest difference from James playing for us and for some of his other clubs is that they will accept having a luxury player in their teams, they are often used to it. Half of our fans won’t accept it and that’s fine. Some will always want to see 11 players bust a gut for the club, some will accept 8 or 9 busting a gut and the other two or three win us the game. We all have different ideas of how we would like the team to play. 
The only thing that surprises me when fans say that James should work harder or do more defensive work. He never has been that player and that isn’t the player we bought. 
Finally, it’s a shame we never got to see him in the flesh in front of a full Goodison. If there was a crowd in when we saw what he could do last season it would have been great. But it is what it is now, and feels like a missed opportunity to me. 

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22 minutes ago, Btay said:

Richarlison commented “😳” on the Everton Instagram post announcing James had moved on. I think this could cause a stir within the squad to be honest. Such a pointless thing to let him go at this stage of the season.

What type of stir do you foresee?

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4 hours ago, Cornish Steve said:

I put no weight whatsoever in quotations when English is not a player's first language. It's so easy to spin what's said out of all proportion. Using 'they instead of 'we'? I'm not a Spanish speaker, but I wouldn't be surprised at all to learn it's a cultural issue. English is such a weird language with so many nuances we take for granted.

He was speaking in Spanish when he said it not English, now you know that how do you stand. 

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5 hours ago, SpartyBlue said:

James didnt want to be at Everton. His comments and actions both showed that. Any speculation on what the club or Benitez want is ultimately irrelevant because the player has absolutely checked out once Carlo left. Nobody is bigger than the club. 

Exactly. 

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2 hours ago, StevO said:

The likes of Deulofeu still got a cheer when he came to Goodison. Not because he worked his arse off, because he was often lazy, but because he could produce a bit of magic. 
 

To answer you direct question; I think James put the same effort in for Everton as he did at Real and at Bayern. I didn’t see him play for any of his other clubs before that. He’s a luxury, he always has been. But his moments of quality have always outweighed his lack of defensive ability. When he has been a success is when his team have made the most of that (such as at Everton at the start of last season when Coleman and Doucoure protected him). The biggest difference from James playing for us and for some of his other clubs is that they will accept having a luxury player in their teams, they are often used to it. Half of our fans won’t accept it and that’s fine. Some will always want to see 11 players bust a gut for the club, some will accept 8 or 9 busting a gut and the other two or three win us the game. We all have different ideas of how we would like the team to play. 
The only thing that surprises me when fans say that James should work harder or do more defensive work. He never has been that player and that isn’t the player we bought. 
Finally, it’s a shame we never got to see him in the flesh in front of a full Goodison. If there was a crowd in when we saw what he could do last season it would have been great. But it is what it is now, and feels like a missed opportunity to me. 

My sentiments exactly. Truly world-class players don't need to waste their time and energy on providing defensive cover, for example; they focus on what they do better than just about anyone else in the world. Why expect one of the most insightful and brilliant passers of the ball to rush back to defend? That's like asking Bill Gates to chip in to make the tea when needed. What a waste!

And if James is not motivated, it's because he's not managed well. We saw that Ancelotti lost the desire to manage sometime in the middle of last season. A good manager, though, would do whatever it takes to encourage, inspire, and get the most out of world-class talent. This is why I blame Benitez: He doesn't like James and has no desire to put in the effort. As a result, we're going to lose a player of immense talent. Shame on us.

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And one more thing... I'm reading all this talk about James' salary. Let's assume it's $250K a week, which is $1m a month. That means we've signed one of the world's top players for $12m/year! That's phenomenal. What matters is outlay per year versus what they can deliver per year. James' assists last year, alone, meant we avoided a relegation battle toward the end of the season. He delivers - but in his unique way.

$12m. How much did we pay for Sigurdsson again?

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1 hour ago, Palfy said:

He was speaking in Spanish when he said it not English, now you know that how do you stand. 

As before. Cultures differ. Turns of phrase differ. A lot can be lost in translation. I've faced this firsthand and can testify to the fact - which is why I'm always cautious when we draw conclusions based on what non-English speakers say in their language and culture.

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13 minutes ago, Cornish Steve said:

And one more thing... I'm reading all this talk about James' salary. Let's assume it's $250K a week, which is $1m a month. That means we've signed one of the world's top players for $12m/year! That's phenomenal. What matters is outlay per year versus what they can deliver per year. James' assists last year, alone, meant we avoided a relegation battle toward the end of the season. He delivers - but in his unique way.

$12m. How much did we pay for Sigurdsson again?

A guaranteed way to lose a dressing room is to have a player on £1m a month who tells the coach he's too tired to play.  Very much lose the collective

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9 minutes ago, Hafnia said:

A guaranteed way to lose a dressing room is to have a player on £1m a month who tells the coach he's too tired to play.  Very much lose the collective

 

1 hour ago, Btay said:

Richarlison commented “😳” on the Everton Instagram post announcing James had moved on. I think this could cause a stir within the squad to be honest.

I've worked alongside people who earn multiple times what I earn, but I recognize that they deserve it. As others have said above, money shouldn't be the only driver - and that works both ways.

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Given all the negative comments, maybe a little reminder would not go amiss...

On 30/08/2020 at 12:24, Hafnia said:

James is a certified quality player who will increase our exposure and the risk is very low. 

 

On 30/08/2020 at 12:30, Hafnia said:

For one he is taking a significant pay cut...

2. He improves us immensely

3. Injuries are insured

4. Commercial value is huge

5. He increases appeal to other players to come and others like Richarlison to retain

 

On 13/09/2020 at 15:50, MC11 said:

Every time he got the ball looked to create. WOW

 

On 13/09/2020 at 15:53, London Blue said:

Stunned by the quality of his play and the way he was able to fit into the team so effortlessly.

So much joy watching him in this team, genuinely counting down to the next match.

 

On 13/09/2020 at 18:59, RuffRob said:

the five chances he created in the game are the most by any player making their Premiership debut since Alexi Sanchez for Arsenal in 2014!! and the most by any Everton player in two years!! :D. I just can't wait for him to get his eye in!!!!

 

On 16/09/2020 at 13:17, Sibdane said:

Just watched his touches video on the Everton YouTube account. His awareness is simply amazing. 

 

On 19/09/2020 at 09:10, markjazzbassist said:

rolls royce out there.  sublime passes and selfless in attack.  i will savor each performance.  

 

On 19/09/2020 at 09:52, Aidan said:

Those balls he plays over the top are beautiful 

 

On 19/09/2020 at 13:37, Aidan said:

I know we're only two games in but I believe hes genuinely the best player I've seen in an Everton shirt (im sure a few lads on here are fortunate to have seen even better!) 

 

On 19/09/2020 at 19:05, RuffRob said:

He just oozes quality and confidence in what HE does and how HE plays the game. He's not going to dribble and accelerate with the ball, he's not going to bust a gut winning back possession - and is never going to, but he just consistently puts it on a sixpence when he passes that ball around the park.

 

On 20/09/2020 at 03:24, Hafnia said:

Zero sprints in 75 minutes.... Get rid! 

In all seriousness it goes to show how he operates... He moves so intelligently dropping into pockets.   If you have 2 banks of 4 he is the man, the opponents either have to break the banks by getting someone to manmark him ... In which case it gives us one less man to mark the front 3 - but if they don't he will get the ball of our midfield 3 and pick passes like we seen him do.

Quality quality player.

 

On 20/09/2020 at 03:53, Palfy said:

Just the same I hope, like you rightly said he’s not gonna bust a gut trying to win the ball back, in many ways he’s a luxury player that you give the ball to then watch the magic happen. 

 

On 20/09/2020 at 04:05, Shukes said:

One thing I am surprised about is that he works to get the ball back if he loses it. That’s a quality that can only be described as hunger.

 

On 25/09/2020 at 09:51, Hafnia said:

James Rodriguez is a galactico .... Hes not been let go cos he's old, injured, crap....  He's been let go because Real have a manager who just doesn't like certain types of players who are specialists and require formation changes/tactical changes to get the best from him.

At Everton we can give him that.

 

On 28/09/2020 at 05:09, FairWooney said:

The vision and execution in his passing is second to none and the difference it makes to the team is  huge.  He doesn't need to run around or take people on as the his team mates know that when he gets the ball they can start making runs and he will pick them out.  Richarlison as someone that loves to make those kind of runs must love playing with him.  Even the likes of Seamus and Digne see the benefit as they can confidently make those runs up the flanks without feeling it'll be a wasted journey.

When the ball gets played to him it's like the game slows down as he plays at his own pace but around him everything is happening as opposition players try to deal with what is to come.

The way he controls things without dashing around is reminiscent of Pirlo who stroked the ball around like an artist with his brush.

 

On 30/09/2020 at 07:15, Hafnia said:

Very few players have intelligence, vision and technical ability with the ability to not run round like a mad man in order to impact their team..... He's one of the very few. 

 

On 30/09/2020 at 16:41, MC11 said:

Absolutely superb in the second half. One special special player 

 

On 02/10/2020 at 12:50, barryj said:

Been really impressed with his leadership qualities, just watch him at full time against West Ham. I’ve run out of superlatives to talk about his game but it appears he’s contributing even more than than that. 

 

On 03/10/2020 at 18:40, dunlopp9987 said:

It's the free part that still gets me. An unbelievable bit of business done by Brands and the entire team that got this one done... And the JOY that is on his face when the team scores. You can just tell this is the first time he's really enjoyed playing in quite some time. 

 

On 07/11/2020 at 04:47, Shukes said:

Biggest surprise for me has been his effort. I was expecting him to be a little lightweight. But he snaps into challenges strongly. No one ghosts past him.

 

On 29/11/2020 at 09:33, Shukes said:

He is what he is. He is never going be a hard working player unless an opponent is standing on him.

But I would say that for the most part, when he had the ball he looked like he could create things. He did put in a few sublime balls that didn’t end up as anything, more because of decisions from others than himself.

We need him on the pitch as he can create in a second. We don’t have others that can do that.  What’s more important is putting the right players around him.

 

On 01/12/2020 at 17:39, MC11 said:

Guy is just class, if we can’t allow for one special player to relax defensive duties there’s something wrong.

Not a chance he should be left out. If he’s fit he plays. 

 

 

On 04/12/2020 at 14:13, Btay said:

I know it’s a bit of a cop out stat but I think he’s leading Europe for “second assists”. He finds the right pass often. Defensively though, I don’t need to see him snapping into challenges, an extra 10% on cutting down passing lanes and that would make a massive difference.

 

On 06/12/2020 at 03:35, c1982 said:

He’s SO good going forward that I accept that he’s not the best defensively/tracking someone. It’s not lack of effort/attitude - maybe he knows what his body can/can’t do... James is a match winner - he will provide moments of magic in every match - when they’re finished off (and we win) he’s hailed a genius... when they’re not, people tend to notice that he failed to track Dwight McNeil’s run in the 85th minute...

 

On 25/12/2020 at 02:11, DavisJD said:

Along with Allan, made the Whoscored  XI of best new signings in the premier league.

Allan was the signing Everton desperately needed by James Rodriguez's move from Real Madrid to Goodison Park was certainly the most eye-catching. In fact, it's arguably one of the most remarkable transfers in Premier League history. Rodriguez was an instant hit with the Everton fans and has six goal involvements in his first 10 league appearances. Of players to have started more than five league games this season, only Kevin De Bruyne (one every 101.2 minutes) is creating a clear-cut opportunity more frequently than Rodriguez (every 120.7 mins).

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31 minutes ago, Cornish Steve said:

As before. Cultures differ. Turns of phrase differ. A lot can be lost in translation. I've faced this firsthand and can testify to the fact - which is why I'm always cautious when we draw conclusions based on what non-English speakers say in their language and culture.

There was no turn of phrase he was asked a straight question he didn’t know the answer someone else had to tell him, your only trying to find excuses for him because you know it’s showing he has no respect for the club, and that clearly doesn’t suit your argument. He’s gone of his own free will he hasn’t been pushed out he walked out, he’s gone to a very poor league for one thing the money that would appear more important to him than the football, he could have gone to Porto the team he dreamed of going back to but he wasn’t prepared to negotiate on the money, someone with a reputed 65 million who would give up his dream because he wouldn’t accept somewhere in the region of 50k a week. I don’t think any on here is doubting he had quality but he wanted to leave and he’s got what he wanted and kept his money at the same time and now he’s just history. 

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14 minutes ago, Palfy said:

There was no turn of phrase he was asked a straight question he didn’t know the answer someone else had to tell him, your only trying to find excuses for him because you know it’s showing he has no respect for the club, and that clearly doesn’t suit your argument. He’s gone of his own free will he hasn’t been pushed out he walked out, he’s gone to a very poor league for one thing the money that would appear more important to him than the football, he could have gone to Porto the team he dreamed of going back to but he wasn’t prepared to negotiate on the money, someone with a reputed 65 million who would give up his dream because he wouldn’t accept somewhere in the region of 50k a week. I don’t think any on here is doubting he had quality but he wanted to leave and he’s got what he wanted and kept his money at the same time and now he’s just history. 

That’s opinion. I think he has been pushed out.

Well he is gone so that’s that. Can’t fault all the lads effort against QPR though, plenty of running along just bang average quality. 

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34 minutes ago, Btay said:

The type where the players we have that could potentially go to “bigger” clubs think we have no ambition.

They wouldn’t be wrong to think that in all honesty.

From those at the top, right down to a lot of the fans, the lack of ambition is there in my opinion. Even what were the most ambitious of our fans have been beaten down into shrugging their shoulders at the latest fuck ups.

Apart from the new stadium there’s not a lot to feel especially positive about (at least for me). And people seem to think that stadium will fix everything as well. It really won’t. We’ll just be doing the shame shit in a different place unless we get really serious. 

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21 minutes ago, Romey 1878 said:

They wouldn’t be wrong to think that in all honesty.

From those at the top, right down to a lot of the fans, the lack of ambition is there in my opinion. Even what were the most ambitious of our fans have been beaten down into shrugging their shoulders at the latest fuck ups.

Apart from the new stadium there’s not a lot to feel especially positive about (at least for me). And people seem to think that stadium will fix everything as well. It really won’t. We’ll just be doing the shame shit in a different place unless we get really serious. 

We’ve been going around in the same circle since we made the FA cup final for me. Build a team with 5-7 quality players, let a few of them go, we all justify why we are going to be better off, sign a handful of players, most end up shit, rinse and repeat 

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1 hour ago, Cornish Steve said:

Given all the negative comments, maybe a little reminder would not go amiss...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think you need to read people's post's properly - nobody denies the lad has quality. Our problem is that since January he has shown he can't be arsed to put the work in and get on the pitch put in the performances we know he is capable off. 

You quote more than 25 positive posts pre January and none afterward - so thanks for spending the time do this and further supporting my point that he has shown the talent, but very quickly lost interest in Everton and pretty much down tools and couldn't really be arsed doing it in a Everton shirt.  Making  mugs of us all!! Those quote just prove what a mug I have been.

 

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1 hour ago, RuffRob said:

I think you need to read people's post's properly - nobody denies the lad has quality. Our problem is that since January he has shown he can't be arsed to put the work in and get on the pitch put in the performances we know he is capable off. 

You quote more than 25 positive posts pre January and none afterward - so thanks for spending the time do this and further supporting my point that he has shown the talent, but very quickly lost interest in Everton and pretty much down tools and couldn't really be arsed doing it in a Everton shirt.  Making  mugs of us all!! Those quote just prove what a mug I have been.

 

Honestly, I thought 25 quotes would be enough, but you appear to have drawn a wrong conclusion from that. Let's continue...

On 09/01/2021 at 06:57, Hafnia said:

I don't see anything in James as a person to suggest he's anything other than someone who just wants to play football.  Took a pay cut, players love him, professional demeanor.

 

On 09/01/2021 at 09:01, c1982 said:

Class is permanent.

 

On 09/01/2021 at 09:39, markjazzbassist said:

2 wonderful balls for goals (1 disallowed).  that's what we wanted when we bought him.  glad to see he's back

 

On 11/01/2021 at 14:55, StevO said:

It seemed to me that when they found James in a bit of space he made things happen. It didn’t always come off. But it’s pretty clear, give him the ball and we create chances. We need him on the pitch and we need to give him the ball, let him do the rest. 

 

On 25/01/2021 at 04:50, FairWooney said:

He's not in the team to run around, Carlo bought him as a luxury player who will create chances and that's what he's there to do.  He doesn't put in the most effort chasing back and that's partly why i'd prefer to see him as a number 10 rather than on the wing.  Not only would this give him more involvement in the game but it would also take some responsibility off of defending as the central area has a lot more cover than the wing.

 

On 25/01/2021 at 05:35, FairWooney said:

James had more passes than anyone apart from Doucoure last night, unusual as usually the most passes are the centre backs of centre mids for us.  81 passes.

Only 3rd (equal) most accurate passes then he's trying to do a bit more with it than Doucoure or Holgate!  69 out of 81 isn't bad going considering some of the passes he played!  Such as the 8 key passes! (out of 15 total for the team)

 

On 25/01/2021 at 14:07, RuffRob said:

For sure James isn't particularly effective when we are without the ball and opposition players do tend to just ghost past him - potentially leading to 'chance created' for the opposition. So as a player he has to be marked down for that.

However, on the flip side when his is in our starting line up our 'chances created' numbers are significantly improved. 

And it think that's how you have to think of James - on balance, does having him on the pitch (over a more ordinary player who is 'acceptable' both going forward and tracking back), over all lead to an increased number of Everton 'chances created' once you take the additional 'chances created' by the opposition his lack of tracking back lead to. 

What we have to do, as a team, is maximise James's forward player whist minimise his defensive shortcomings. We do that and we win lots of games.

There will be frustrating games in which he plays - and we have just got to accept that sometimes. I just love seeing him in the team - :) He just make stuff happen. 

 

On 25/01/2021 at 14:31, RuffRob said:

and forgot to mention - what an unselfish player he is. How many 'wild' shots do you see from him at the edge of the area? he always looking for somebody who might be in a better position before he thinks about pulling the trigger - he's so economical in what he does. forward players must love playing with him - make a run and he'll try his best to find you.

 

On 25/01/2021 at 15:45, pete0 said:

I like that we've got a manager smart enough to use him. In modern football too often managers opt for runners over footballers.

 

On 26/01/2021 at 03:47, Hafnia said:

In the last few games he's made 2 of the best passes I've ever seen from an Everton player.

Honestly, he is an unbelievable passer of the ball, probably the best passer of the ball I've seen of that type.

 

On 08/02/2021 at 04:46, msloan78 said:

I didn't really look at it too much before, but James actually plays the first pass in that clip from near the centre circle and then carries on his run to get on the end of Doucoure's 2nd pass.

Great goal all around.

 

On 08/02/2021 at 06:39, StevO said:

That left foot. What I’d have given to see him and Leighton Baines on the same team. So close yet so far. 

 

On 18/02/2021 at 10:57, Hafnia said:

FFS we have a match winner here a player of genuine world class ability who is playing with players like Gomes and Gylfi and a misfiring Richarlison and inconsistent Iwobi.

The lad looks like he wants to win badly. 

 

On 18/02/2021 at 15:19, c1982 said:

I remember this nonsense after we’d lost a few games after the last derby - James was still producing but we weren’t finishing the chances. He’s class - he’ll look even better when Allan and Doucoure are back together and helping us to dominate games again.

 

On 18/02/2021 at 21:35, Hafnia said:

If the rest of the team are doing a 7/10 job.... James will win us games.

Sadly we have had too many players stinking the gaff out, Gomes and Gylfi are the two most inconsistent unreliable players I've seen us have.  For centre midfielders that is unacceptable. 

We have reached an all time low if James is the focal point for why we aren't doing well.... 

You don't buy a Ferrari to tow a caravan. 

 

On 19/02/2021 at 08:43, Hafnia said:

His strengths are a world class ability to create a goal from nowhere and can receive a ball in tight spaces and relieve pressure for his teammates.

His weakness is that he offers about as much defence as Gylfi and Gomes.

So on that alone.... My suggestion is get two players in midfield who do the defensive/workhorse jobs and play James instead of Gylfi or Gomes.

 

On 19/02/2021 at 13:49, Zoo 2.0 said:

Anyone happy, or open to the sale of James is a lunatic. Anyone that believes that it will be a good thing, or something we could deal with is also a lunatic. 

I pinch myself every time he steps over that white line for us. 

We should do absolutely everything in our power to keep him happy and/or here. 

 

On 20/02/2021 at 14:33, markjazzbassist said:

did well today, even pressed and defended a bit, but he did what he's paid to do, create and assist goals.

 

On 20/02/2021 at 15:23, c1982 said:

MAGICIAN!

 

On 20/02/2021 at 15:30, London Blue said:

My brother (a liverpool fan) asked me before the game how I would describe James in one word.

"Quality" was my response. 

 

On 14/03/2021 at 16:15, Shukes said:

It’s been plainly obvious how important he is to our attacking.... and still some don’t want him.

 

On 28/03/2021 at 06:04, StevO said:

I can’t wait to see James in the flesh at Goodison. He’s been the best part of watching Everton at times this year hasn’t he?

 

On 07/04/2021 at 07:47, Hafnia said:

By far and away our best finisher - best finisher I've seen in our club.  His goals against man United and palace show that, throw in his other goals.  

 

On 07/04/2021 at 14:52, markjazzbassist said:

james said when he signed his job is to create and that's what he's good at.

 

On 08/04/2021 at 06:02, Hafnia said:

I've seen him look pissed off too - rightly so.  The number of times his ankle gets stamped is a fucking joke - when he plays he first time pass watch how often a player leaves a bit on him and how often the ref ignores it.   Newcastle was a disgrace.

Does it slow him down? Maybe, he doesn't down tools though. 

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One 30 year old Colombian who did very little after a magnificent 6-8 game start with less than a year left on his contract wants to leave and that means the club have no ambition, why because they have allowed it or because they never begged him to stay. Is every player who’s left this club done so because the club has no ambition, I really don’t understand that argument that we are shit because we lack ambition, the money spent the managers changed show ambition, with poor decision making the club has invested heavily but we’ve had the wrong people making the decisions. Why are we less ambitious than Spurs West Ham Arsenal Chelsea Leicester Man City Man Utd or who ever you want to name why I don’t understand. 

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13 hours ago, Cornish Steve said:

His number of assists proves otherwise. The recorded training sessions show him very much part of the team. I'm interested to know why you think he's not a team player?

That's not the 'team player' aspect I was referring to. Nobody is doubting his ability once he is on the pitch. But too many times he has cried off because, let's be honest, he just didn't fancy playing and used the most minor excuse to duck out.

Anyway, he's gone now and I will miss his very occasional brilliance but not the rest of him.

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8 hours ago, Cornish Steve said:

 

I've worked alongside people who earn multiple times what I earn, but I recognize that they deserve it. As others have said above, money shouldn't be the only driver - and that works both ways.

I've worked in an environment where too many people were earning too much..... That isn't the problem.  The problem is when the people who earn less are in first and out last, when the higher paid have a less than ideal attitude.

An ideal case study is looking at contractors, the resentment they can create is off the scale.  An unemotive attachment to the company, they don't feel bound by performance reviews, many carry an air of superiority because they are specialists.

I've worked in HR for near 20 years and can say with 100% certainty that the type of clear out Rafa is doing is a brilliant culture change.  I'm not saying James was a bad lad around the dressing room but I am saying with no doubt that having a part time player on those wages is not good for the collective. Absolutely not. 

 

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5 hours ago, Cornish Steve said:

Honestly, I thought 25 quotes would be enough, but you appear to have drawn a wrong conclusion from that. Let's continue...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He is possibly the most talented player I've seen in an Everton shirt....... What's your point????  You keep quoting all the great remarks made about him (when he was arsed)

We were under the belief that James, Allan, Doucore was just the start and Koulibaily etc was following.

The situation is:-. His mentor manager decided to walk, James showed he wasn't arsed about the club by pissing off before the season ended and asking to be subbed then saying he was too tired to play.   We have financial problems and his second year could have triggered a 3rd year that we couldnt afford.

 

No one is saying he was a poor player.... He is a very good player.

File him along the likes of adebuyor, Eto, Drinkwater, asamoah gyan, Sanchez

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