Paul Robinson has hailed James Rodriguez after he produced an “outstanding” performance on debut for Everton on Sunday.
The former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 29-year-old “was the difference” between the Toffees and Spurs on the opening weekend.
The Colombian started for Carlo Ancelotti’s side less than a week after he penned a two-year deal, with the club holding the option of a third, on Merseyside.
Rodriguez dazzled in the 92 minutes he was on the pitch and cause numerous problems for the Spurs defence as he drifted in off the right flank.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the only goal of the game but it was Rodriguez who Robinson identified as the match-winner in North London.
“Anybody that was worried and thought he had come to the Premier League just for the ride was proven wrong,” he told Football Insider.
“His performance showed that he is a top class player. You just have to look at his CV. You do not play for those teams if you cannot play.
“I thought he was outstanding. Somebody that has come to the country, had very few training sessions but performed. I think he was the difference between the two teams. I really do. His vision, his passing, his creativity was outstanding.
“Really, really good signs for Everton yesterday. They always have high ambitions at the start of the season but they have never backed them up but with the manager and players that they have they can back it up this year.”
Speaking on Rodriguez after the win, Ancelotti said: “James is not the fastest player in the world but he has a lot of quality.
“I am not worried about the physicality. If I was worried about that I would sign Usain Bolt, not James.”
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