2021/22 James Rodriguez

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Mosh Pit

Player Valuation: £2.5m
Benitez has a history of cold shoulder or freezeout antics with players, only to use them regularly as important members of the squad.

It's a risky tactic he plays in order to knock them down a peg in their squad hierarchy, effectively reducing their chances of poisoning the atmosphere and increasing their output on the field.

It's a highly risky, 'blink-first' tactic, and genuinely 50/50 with how the James sketch works out. It looks like they're playing amenable with each other on the training ground though. We'll see.
Can you provide examples?
 

Mosh Pit

Player Valuation: £2.5m
First of all it was a £20M fee; he left the club at the end of last season when the team still had a chance of European qualification to go home; he has no 'positive profile' for us - he uses his social media platform to tell his followers that he has no idea who the club that pays him a king's ransom play the following day.

You and others might want to brush all that under the carpet but most Evertonians dont.
MOST Evertonians disagree with you actually, Dave.

As always, you're one of the only people I see pushing this 'anti-james' agenda.

If you're calling the James transfer 20 million (because you're adding his wages up)... Make sure you add the wages of every transfer fee you ever mention, to ensure it's fair.
 

Spadge Vernacular

Player Valuation: £30m
James calf injury was a key factor in the team's decline last season. If he had not been carrying the injury we would have won the league.

20/21Calf InjuryFeb 22, 2021Apr 1, 202138 days5 Everton FC
20/21Calf InjuryFeb 7, 2021Feb 13, 20216 days1 Everton FC

Results following his calf fatigue

14 Feb 2021FulhamL0-2(0-0)H73711-4-734-30Premier League
17 Feb 2021Manchester CityL1-3(1-1)H73711-4-835-33Premier League
20 Feb 2021LiverpoolW2-0(1-0)A74012-4-837-33Premier League
1 Mar 2021SouthamptonW1-0(1-0)H74313-4-838-33Premier League
4 Mar 2021West BromW1-0(0-0)A54614-4-839-33Premier League
8 Mar 2021ChelseaL0-2(0-1)A64614-4-939-35Premier League
14 Mar 2021BurnleyL1-2(1-2)H64614-4-1040-37Premier League
20 Mar 2021Manchester CityL0-2(0-0)HQFFA Cup
5 Apr 2021Crystal PalaceD1-1(0-0)H84714-5-1041-38Premier League
12 Apr 2021BrightonD0-0(0-0)A84814-6-1041-38Premier League
16 Apr 2021TottenhamD2-2(1-1)H84914-7-1043-40Premier League
23 Apr 2021ArsenalW1-0(0-0)A85215-7-1044-40Premier League
1 May 2021Aston VillaL1-2(1-1)H85215-7-1145-42Premier League
9 May 2021West HamW1-0(1-0)A85516-7-1146-42Premier League
13 May 2021Aston VillaD0-0(0-0)A85616-8-1146-42Premier League
16 May 2021Sheffield UnitedL0-1(0-1)H85616-8-1246-43Premier League
19 May 2021WolvesW1-0(0-0)H85917-8-1247-43Premier League
23 May 2021Manchester CityL0-5(0-2)A105917-8-1347-48Premier League

If we want to win the league this year we have to play James regularly.
 

chrismpw

All I ask is an empty road.
Benitez has a history of cold shoulder or freezeout antics with players, only to use them regularly as important members of the squad.

It's a risky tactic he plays in order to knock them down a peg in their squad hierarchy, effectively reducing their chances of poisoning the atmosphere and increasing their output on the field.

It's a highly risky, 'blink-first' tactic, and genuinely 50/50 with how the James sketch works out. It looks like they're playing amenable with each other on the training ground though. We'll see.
Its the first thing you're taught in teacher training* - go into see a class for the first time, send someone out in the first five minutes. Doesn't matter what for, it just sets the tone and establishes you necessarily as top dog.

Then quickly identify the vocal ones (you can normally do this before even setting foot in the room) and put them in their place. The rest normally fall into order.

This is all Benitez is doing with James (and others in the past) . So do many other managers. Its not sophisticated its basic psychological manipulation to show dominance over a group. Hapoens in the workplace too. I had a headteacher who routinely did this to every male member of staff who had any opinion or popularity. He ent further as he would only promote weak female characters to senior positions - so they just went along with his insane ideas.

* at least it was in my day. I suspect some cryarse do-gooders have outlawed this now because of the psychological trauma caused to Johnny Snotpants by being singled out and told off.
 

chrismpw

All I ask is an empty road.
James calf injury was a key factor in the team's decline last season. If he had not been carrying the injury we would have won the league.

20/21Calf InjuryFeb 22, 2021Apr 1, 202138 days5 Everton FC
20/21Calf InjuryFeb 7, 2021Feb 13, 20216 days1 Everton FC

Results following his calf fatigue

14 Feb 2021FulhamL0-2(0-0)H73711-4-734-30Premier League
17 Feb 2021Manchester CityL1-3(1-1)H73711-4-835-33Premier League
20 Feb 2021LiverpoolW2-0(1-0)A74012-4-837-33Premier League
1 Mar 2021SouthamptonW1-0(1-0)H74313-4-838-33Premier League
4 Mar 2021West BromW1-0(0-0)A54614-4-839-33Premier League
8 Mar 2021ChelseaL0-2(0-1)A64614-4-939-35Premier League
14 Mar 2021BurnleyL1-2(1-2)H64614-4-1040-37Premier League
20 Mar 2021Manchester CityL0-2(0-0)HQFFA Cup
5 Apr 2021Crystal PalaceD1-1(0-0)H84714-5-1041-38Premier League
12 Apr 2021BrightonD0-0(0-0)A84814-6-1041-38Premier League
16 Apr 2021TottenhamD2-2(1-1)H84914-7-1043-40Premier League
23 Apr 2021ArsenalW1-0(0-0)A85215-7-1044-40Premier League
1 May 2021Aston VillaL1-2(1-1)H85215-7-1145-42Premier League
9 May 2021West HamW1-0(1-0)A85516-7-1146-42Premier League
13 May 2021Aston VillaD0-0(0-0)A85616-8-1146-42Premier League
16 May 2021Sheffield UnitedL0-1(0-1)H85616-8-1246-43Premier League
19 May 2021WolvesW1-0(0-0)H85917-8-1247-43Premier League
23 May 2021Manchester CityL0-5(0-2)A105917-8-1347-48Premier League

If we want to win the league this year we have to play James regularly.
Is that the injury he picked up, invisible to the media, the day that VD got killed in the same match?
 

Spadge Vernacular

Player Valuation: £30m
Is that the injury he picked up, invisible to the media, the day that VD got killed in the same match?
VD tried ruin his family planning, mate. The calf problem he carried through the second half of the season :(

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davek

Player Valuation: £80m
MOST Evertonians disagree with you actually, Dave.

As always, you're one of the only people I see pushing this 'anti-james' agenda.

If you're calling the James transfer 20 million (because you're adding his wages up)... Make sure you add the wages of every transfer fee you ever mention, to ensure it's fair.
It's not an agenda, and no I'm not the only Evertonian on James's case...not by a long chalk.
 

Spadge Vernacular

Player Valuation: £30m
I saw this interesting bit of info about the games we lost or drew last season and how they coincided with James being injured or playing through that calf injury. The highlighted rows are the ones that James was out or playing through injury.

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If we want to be challenging he has to be playing.

MEGA COYB
 

COYBL25

Official GOT Joey Speak Interpreter.
I saw this interesting bit of info about the games we lost or drew last season and how they coincided with James being injured or playing through that calf injury. The highlighted rows are the ones that James was out or playing through injury.

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If we want to be challenging he has to be playing.

MEGA COYB

At the moment, his agent is currently busy negotiating his weekly wage incease.

As it stands he`s on 250K a week and his agent is holding out for another weekly rise of 50k.

The club are currently doing an inventory, of how many staff still have healthy kidneys left to sell, before they agree to his demands.
 

davek

Player Valuation: £80m
I saw this interesting bit of info about the games we lost or drew last season and how they coincided with James being injured or playing through that calf injury. The highlighted rows are the ones that James was out or playing through injury.

View attachment 138467

If we want to be challenging he has to be playing.

MEGA COYB
lol

And you can determine when he was doing that in games can you?

FFS, the lengths some will go to in order to defend a refusenik like this feller.
 
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