'Huge' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reveals concern as star heads for reported Everton medical
Everton would be taking a “huge risk” in signing James Rodriguez this summer, according to Kevin Phillips.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, revealed that he has been “frustrated” by the 29-year-old in the past and predicted that he will “find it very difficult to settle in the Premier League.”
According to talkSPORT the Colombia international will have a medical this week ahead of a joining on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid.
Rodriguez was signed by Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti in 2014 and 2017 while the Italian was in charge of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, respectively.
Phillips suggested that if the attacking midfielder can showcase his talent on a consistent basis then he will be a “fantastic signing” for the club.
“For me it is a huge risk,” he told Football Insider.
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“Whenever I have watched him him drifts in and out of games and he frustrates me. He can be on the edge of games, produce a bit of magic and then disappear for 10, 15 minutes.
“I do not think he is quick enough for the Premier League. If I am honest I am no sure about whether he would succeed at Everton. I think he will find it very difficult to settle into the Premier League straight away.
“If they get him through the door and he performs week in, week out then it could be a fantastic signing but I have reservations.”
Rodriguez made just 14 appearances for Real last season and featured predominantly as a substitute as Zinedine Zidane’s side were crowned La Liga champions.
He has one year left on his contract at the Bernabeu and will become a free agent next summer.
In other Everton news, Darren Bent has been left wowed as the Toffees are linked with a ‘very good’ defender.