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This is madness. James is the most gifted footballer at the club for years
it is a damning indictment on a manager to say that him being available makes the side worse.
Yes, his lack of pace exposes our deficiencies at right back, but fix that then.
It shouldn't be beyond the wit of a very well paid manager with Everton's resources to find a system and players that would best use James.
Wonderful player but you need to build your team around him. Last season once others figured out the weaknesses he created in the team our gameplan went to shit and Ancelotti had to start playing defensively.
Unlikes Ancelotti, Benitez is a systems man. It's just very hard to see how James could fit. And he's 30 and injury-prone so building the system to fit him would not be a good idea.
He is a lovely player so I don't want to see him go either but I can see the reasoning.