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What do people think about Everton signing James Rodriguez then (Telegraph saying its a done deal as of last night)? Its basically the player-equivalent of hiring Carlo Ancelotti as Everton manager in 2020. The pros and cons as I see it are:

Pros: talented player, apparently cut-price, has worked with Ancelotti before, something to prove, statement signing (i.e. may keep Richarlison a year longer), one of the most famous sportspeople on the planet.

Cons: 29 years old, will he be motivated, possibly the Colombian Theo Walcott, wages presumably sky-high.

I think taking him while he's available is a no-brainer as hiring Ancelotti has given us a brief grace period to make some Galacticos signings which might not even sustain into his second window once the Ancelotti-at-Everton novelty has worn off. If he can stay injury free he's a big upgrade on Sigurdsson in the number 10 role which tends to be pivotal to Ancelotti's favoured diamond formation. The received wisdom about him is that he hasn't done anything since the 2014 World Cup, but a look at his Wikipedia shows he's scored a good number of goals for a midfield when he has been given games (though he was never able to hold down a starting role at either Real or Bayern for long).

All that said, it could go really, really badly if his injury woes continue and he becomes an expensive sicknote. And this is Everton we're talking about.

 

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I think Everton have become one of the shittest clubs in the league at buying players. They should immediately stop buying expensive big clubs failures and start throwing big money at agents to get the best young players in Europe because I bet the next big thing from Anderlecht or Ajax would run through brick walls to play for Ancelotti whilst players like Hamez are only going in one direction. 

That being said I won’t be shocked if he does alright at Everton because if he’s going to perform it will be at a club that builds the team around him, like a much better much more handsome Charlie Adam.

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Can't see Rodriguez being anything but a failure. Might crack in the odd 25 yarder and that's it. On paper, a great coup for Everton but Everton fans should ask why he's there if he's so good, which he hasn't been for years.

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I have learned over my many years Everton fandom to go into every season - and I'd say, justifiably so - with the mindset of "Hope for the best. Expect nothing but the worst." And I genuinely wouldn't be opposed to someone translating that to Latin and making it our new motto/slogan. 

I'd be just happy with anyone who plays like they actually give a bollocks about that shirt. 

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1 hour ago, Scott Malbranque said:

I have learned over my many years Everton fandom to go into every season - and I'd say, justifiably so - with the mindset of "Hope for the best. Expect nothing but the worst." And I genuinely wouldn't be opposed to someone translating that to Latin and making it our new motto/slogan. 

 

To be fair, the second half of that, you just need to change the current slogan to "Nil Satis Nisi Pessimum" to get something not far from it.

"Optimum sperate. Nil Nisi Pessimum Expectate" would be the nearest I could get. Haven't studied Latin in ages though.

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The best Everton can hope for is he falls in love with the club and responds well to being the key man in the team. Undeniably there is a very good player there but he's yet to find any sort of consistency over the past 5 years - as DMalc pointed out, if he had he would still be at Madrid or Bayern.

At the very least it stops United being linked with him every bloody window.

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The BBC reported recently that Spurs were finalizing a new contract with Lloris, despite the signing of Joe Hart. I'd have thought the signing of Joe Hart necessitated not just Lloris, but Gazzinaga and at least 2 more 'keepers, to prevent him from ever actually playing. The guy's been a disaster everywhere he's been, since leaving City. Nice fella and all that, but 3rd choice at Burnley, the state of it.

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