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Re: If James plays twice more this season
All the more reason for Everton not to build the team around him.
Hopefully a combination of our recruitment this summer and a little luck with injuries for once will allow us to make use of Rodriguez as more of an impact player off the bench than someone we need to be relying upon.
He'll have played more league games for us (25) than any of his last five seasons. Only once has he played more than 30 league games (34 for Monaco) since he arrived in Europe 11 seasons ago. It's clear he's far from finished as a world class player but it's also clear he's a finely tuned instrument and the hustle and bustle of the EPL is never going to fit well with his fragility and that's something we'll likely have to accept as long as he plays for us.
James is the obviously disappointing name there. Hopefully we spend this summer getting him properly fit; such an important player given our current limitations.
We’re into ‘must win’ territory for the rest of the season if we harbour any hopes of 5th/6th/7th and Europe. Three wins from four likely needed for 6th/7th. Gonna need an unlikely effort but the only remaining fixture you’d (ordinarily) write off is City away…and with the league already wrapped and the CL final their next game you wouldn’t imagine they’d be sending out anything other than a competition winners’ XI.