Everton enjoyed a fascinating summer transfer window.
Under the management of Carlo Ancelotti, they took steps to restructure their squad and give the Italian the reinforcements needed to challenge for European qualification via a Premier League finish.
Not only did they manage to bring in two excellent central midfielders in Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, they also snapped up two exciting young defenders, Ben Godfrey and Niels Nkounkou.
But the most headline-grabbing acquisition, without any doubt, is James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.
The Colombia international arrived for a fee of around £12m and he is already setting the Premier League alight.
In his first four games in the top-flight, James has scored three goals – one against West Bromwich Albion and two against Brighton & Hove Albion – and also provided two assists, also against the Baggies and the Eagles.
And the Toffees’ deal has been hailed by anonymous agents quoted in The Athletic.
The website has done a deep dive on the transfer window, asking representatives to give their takes on the best and worst deals of the summer.
While it was not voted the best deal – that was Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool – Rodriguez came second, and received fulsome praise.
One agent said: “In terms of increasing the club’s profile, generating a feel-good factor and being an absolute bargain, I think it takes some beating. Long-term it may not necessarily work out, but in the short term, you only need to look at the impact he’s had already.
“He really is a superstar footballer. Everton aren’t just signing top-six rejects now, they’ve signed a top-class performer when he is fit and motivated.”
Another agent added: “He’s completely transformed Everton and taken them to another level.”
GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…
Everton have struck gold.
Rodriguez was something of a spare part at Real, spending two years away from the club, moving to Bayern Munich on a lengthy loan.
That he was deemed expendable is remarkable really, given that he scored 15 goals and laid on 20 assists in 67 games for Bayern, especially for such a cheap fee.
Everton’s deal to sign James has already inspired them to four wins from four and optimism at the club is clearly high.
When one adds in the signings of Allan, Doucoure, and Godfrey, it becomes clear that they are out to challenge for the top four.
If James can keep his form going, they could well make it.
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