The Early Sub: James smashes Sevilla, Copa Del Rey

Wow, stand up and applaud for James Rodriguez who absolutely exploded on Sevilla tonight. In a season of frustration. In a season of regular absence from the starting 11. He had a wonderful 90 minutes where he scored a beauty of a low shot from just outside the box. James has been dynamic in recent games that he’s appeared in, and today was just another example of the explosive catalyst that he can become and that he currently is.

So what to do with James Rodriguez?

James Rodriguez is a coveted attacking midfielder who would surely fit into most starting 11’s and would produce offensively almost immediately. Chelsea are a club who have been looking heavily into James Rodriguez. James could easily fill into Matic’s spot and have James feed the front three Hazard-Costa-Pedro for 90 minutes. N’golo Kante would run the length of the pitch nonstop for the entirety of the game, supporting the two wingers and the back three. James would excel in a roll that Cesc Fabregas is finding comfortable with each passing game. It’s a confidence building tactic and one that’s also added the resurgence of Nemanja Matic from an offensive point of view.

The other club looking for James’ services is Inter. Inter is looking for more answers to an offense that may solely be missing a world class architect like James Rodriguez to become a potent attacking machine. Mauro Icardi can bang in goals; Marcelo Brozovic, Ever Banega and Joao Mario are creative players and Ivan Perisic is an excellent footballer. James can lift all these players to another level. James would most likely result in the exodus of the many Inter midfielders and forwards who haven’t quite fulfilled the Inter expectation. One name that I imply is, Gabriel Barbosa or Gabigol, who came out of Brazil looking like a killer in front of the net. One of the two lethal Gabriel’s (the other being Gabriel Jesus) who were to die for prospects. Gabigol has been astonishingly disappointing in Milan and would seek for another chance somewhere else.

The last option is of course if James stays in Madrid. This is a decent option as well for James Rodriguez who recently has had a change in heart and has found happiness in the Spanish capital. The Colombian would still have to compete over Kroos, Modric and Casemiro who have all been performing at high levels. Mateo Kovacic has lately been finding his groove under manager Zidane which complicates the midfield even further. However, James has been putting up a fight and it’s clear that Zizou would like to see James on the pitch more often. Good fortune will come to James anywhere, if his form continues.

 

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