Vinny Samways hoping for resolution between Everton and Rodriguez
Everton were unable to move Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez on before the summer transfer window shut despite their best efforts.
The 30-year-old is expected to remain at Goodison Park until at least January despite the fact that the window is still opened in some countries.
It remains to be seen what the plans of Rafa Benitez are for Rodriguez, but former Toffees midfielder Vinny Samways believes both parties will sort things out as soon as possible.
The pundit told Tribalfootball.com: “I’m a fan of James. I think he is a very good player.
“I know that it is not easy to adapt to English football.
“However, I believe that between the sporting director and Rafa Benitez and the player himself, they will come to the right decision as to what is best for James as a player this season.”
Portugal, Turkey and Russia are still options for Rodriguez, but he refused to lower his personal demands and that made Everton move for Porto attacking midfielder Luis Diaz fall through [The Athletic].
He did not budge on his £200,000-a-week-plus wage demands as the Portuguese outfit attempted to seal a deal that would have seen his 24-year-old international teammate move the other way, and that has made things very complicated.
Nevertheless, Marcel Brands and Benitez will be more than eager to quickly find a solution to this issue.
Rodriguez does not fit into how the Spaniard plays, and it is hard to see him getting a chance to impress.
Nevertheless, nothing can be ruled out, and things could be about to get interesting in the coming months.
From the look of things, the Toffees highest earner is more than glad to stay at home and pick up his wages even without kicking a ball, and it is unknown how exactly that makes the club feel.
In other Everton news, the Toffees plotted last-gasp move for London-born right-back in the summer.