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‘James Rodriguez has been found out at Everton’

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Ex-Aston Villa man Agbonlahor claims Everton’s James Rodriguez has hit a barren run of form and has already run out of steam.

Gabby Agbonlahor believes James Rodriguez is struggling in the Premier League because the Everton playmaker has been ‘found out’ by other teams. He also highlights the tough nature of the league as another reason why that has happened.

The Colombia international had a sensational start to life at Everton with three goals and three assists in his first four games.

Since then, Rodriguez has been pretty quiet with no goal contributions in his last five Premier League games.

In that period, the Toffees have picked up just four points and slipped down despite their brilliant start.

Agbonlahor believes Rodriguez would have even been out of the Everton team if Carlo Ancelotti had more squad depth.

The ex-Villa man said on talkSPORT’s Sports Bar Weekender: “I feel with James, it’s got cold hasn’t it.”

“Rodriguez got cold and he’s probably thinking, ‘I didn’t realize it was this cold in England.”

“He’s not getting his time on the ball he was getting in the first few games. I think he’s been getting a bit found out, to be honest.”

“He’s not really offering the team as much as he should be, and if Everton had a few more quality players on the bench I’m sure James wouldn’t be starting as he hasn’t really done much in the last three or four games.”

“[Dominic] Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison need a bit more help from someone else.”