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Former Premier League forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has criticized James Rodríguez’s current form at Everton.
The 29-year-old Colombian playmaker joined Toffees from Real Madrid at the start of the season and made an immediate impact at Goodison Park.
In its first six games for the club, James Rodríguez scored three goals and collected four assists. He was undoubtedly the best player on the field in most of those matches, but his form has dropped significantly after that.
Everton have lost three and drawn one of their last five Premier League games and James Rodríguez has started all of them.
Despite their presence, Everton lacked creativity and sharpness in the final third.
Plus, James Rodriguez’s lack of work has also cost Everton defensively. Their reluctance to back down and contribute to defense has left Everton exposed to counterattacks.
Gabriel Agbonlahor believes that James Rodríguez has been caught a bit and needs to work harder.
The told Talksport: “James Rodríguez is being discovered a bit, to be honest. It’s cold … maybe you didn’t realize it was so cold here! You just need more! He has remained silent and his work rate is non-existent. “
It will be interesting to see if the Colombian midfielder can regain his form from the start of the season and help Everton climb the table in the coming months.
There is no question that the 29-year-old has the potential to be a star in the Premier League and it was quite evident at the start of the season. However, he needs to try harder and fans will expect better performances from his star midfielder in the future.