Anichebe shares where he thinks Ancelotti should play 'quality' Everton star

Nathaniel Kay February 8, 2021
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Victor Anichebe has revealed the position he would like to see James Rodriguez play more often for Everton, speaking to Stadium Astro.

The striker played at Goodison Park for seven years and had his say on the club’s current playmaker.

Anichebe said: “I would like him (Rodriguez) to play behind the striker more, not so much on the right.

“He is good cutting on on to his left but I want to see him behind the striker with more pace down the sides. Wherever you put him, he’s a quality player.”

Anichebe’s comments came after Everton’s 3-3 draw with Manchester United, in which Rodriguez scored the second.

Rodriguez has been playing off the right-hand side for Carlo Ancelotti this season but started in more of an attacking role at Old Trafford.

Rodriguez – first goal away for Toffees

Goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin sandwiched Rodriguez’s fifth of the campaign, earning Everton a precious point against United.

It was the first time Rodriguez had netted away from home, in his 18th appearance. The creative midfielder has also achieved seven assists in what has been a productive maiden year in England.   

Rodriguez arrived on Merseyside with a big reputation following silverware-laden spells at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Everton secured his signature from Madrid in the summer for a ‘modest’ fee of £12 million.

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The Colombian attracted attention from across Europe following his performances at the 2014 World Cup. Rodriguez won the tournament’s Golden Boot as its top scorer.

Reunited from Real

Having won two Champions League and two La Liga titles in Spain, the 29-year-old was loaned to Bayern Munich. There, he won two Bundesliga titles.

Ancelotti oversaw Rodriguez’s finest season at the Bernabeu in 2014-15. They reunited as part of Everton’s renovation plans at the beginning of 2020/21.

Rodriguez joined Doucoure, Napoli’s Allan and Ben Godfrey from Norwich City to transform the Toffees into genuine contenders for European football.

Joshua King was added in the recent transfer window as Ancelotti’s squad begins to take shape.

They perch just three points behind noisy neighbours Liverpool. The Reds are in fourth place after being thumped by Manchester City last night.