Phillips swipes at 'struggling' Rondon amid 'Mickey Mouse' Everton claim
Salomon Rondon is “struggling” to meet lofty expectations at Everton after his “risky” summer move, according to Kevin Phillips.
The 2000 European Golden Boot winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 32-year-old does not have the “level of quality” required to succeed at Goodison Park.
Rondon was substituted with an injury just after the hour mark as Everton suffered a 4-1 derby defeat against Liverpool at home on Wednesday (1 December).
The striker has been leading the line for the Toffees in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has been missing through injury since August.
Rondon is recording an expected goals figure of just 0.13 per 90 minutes this season (FBref).
In comparison, Calvert-Lewin has 1.36 xG per game this term.
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Phillips insisted the Venezuelan hasn’t been able to cope with the “big jump” from the Chinese Super League.
“It’s a tough one,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.
“You’ve got to hit the ground running with the expectation on your shoulders at Everton, and he’s struggling.
“It can be difficult. I think it’s just down to him not quite having the level of quality Everton were expecting.
“I thought it was always a risk bringing him back from China, it’s a real Mickey Mouse league out there – and he’s not had a look in back in the Premier League. It’s a big jump.
“Is he good enough to be an option in the Premier League? I’m not so sure.”
Everton are without a win in their last eight Premier League games.
Rondon is still yet to score in a Toffees shirt following his summer arrival from Chinese club Dalian Pro.