Since Everton signed James Rodriguez from Real Madrid last summer, we’ve been pointing out a few times that the Colombian media has been making big coverage of the Toffees.
Local outlets keep an eye on all the club’s matches and press conferences, with some special attention on the midfielder.
However, it doesn’t mean they only want to say good things about the 29-year-old. And a story from Colombian outlet Semana is a proof of it.
With Everton’s away 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion last night, and James Rodriguez once again out due to injury, their report points out that the Toffees may actually be better off without him.
Semana doesn’t even use subjective arguments to discuss their point. They simply bring the stats which show Everton have been winning more games when Rodriguez is not involved.
With the midfielder, the Toffees won 26 points in 19 matches, which gives them a percentage of 46%. That goes up without the player, walking away with 21 points in eight matches, with a success of 83%.
And that doesn’t mean they were facing easier opponents either, since the list of games without James includes the likes of Leicester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Leeds United and Sheffield United.
On top of that, Semana points out that Everton won their last seven games without Rodriguez, while there was only one win in the last six matches he played.
So after all these numbers, it’s hard to disagree with what they say, even though the Colombian star should still have the chance to prove he can make the team even better this season.