Which EPL Club fits James Rodriguez the more?
The Colombia international has shown himself to be a world class attacking midfielder on his day, though his first-team chances have become increasingly limited in recent times at the Bernabeu.
Rodriguez has revealed that he has received offers though he named no names as he failed to guarantee he’d stay on as a Real Madrid player.
If reports are to be believed, Chelsea are one of his biggest admirers at the moment due to their desire to bring in a replacement for Shanghai-bound Oscar this winter, but Arsenal and Manchester United have also been linked with him in recent times.
If he does head to England it will surely be one of those three clubs that snaps him up, but who needs him most – and where would he be the best fit?
United aren’t exactly short of attacking midfield options at the moment, but if he hits top form Rodriguez would surely be an upgrade on any one of Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford in that area.
The 25-year-old is capable of playing on either flank or centrally, but that number ten role is surely the one most up for grabs at Old Trafford right now, and in fairness that attacking trio behind the in-form Zlatan Ibrahimovic looks pretty tasty.
It’s never that simple, though, and Rodriguez doesn’t exactly scream ‘Mourinho player’ at you, nor one who necessarily has the attributes to succeed in the rigours of English football.
For the amount he’d cost, and the players he’d be pushing aside (including Paul Pogba into a deeper midfield role) we’re not convinced this would be a worthwhile signing for the Red Devils.
Given the inconsistent performances of youngsters Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rodriguez could slot in nicely on Arsenal’s left-hand side here.
It’s perhaps not his best role, but he and Mesut Ozil could probably swap positions quite smoothly in Arsene Wenger’s side – a tactical set up and footballing style that could suit the South American perfectly.
Arsenal’s injury record means this kind of signing is surely needed, though it’s not usually the quality of their attack that lets them down when the going gets tough.
What Wenger needs is a real leader, and Rodriguez doesn’t really fit that description. Still, this looks like it would be a slightly more sensible move than United.
Finally, there may even be space for Rodriguez at Chelsea, despite their sensational form in the Premier League at the moment.
Antonio Conte will want to ensure he has the squad depth to keep this run going for as long as possible, with the Blues boss relying on mainly the same line up each week so far.
And for all the fine performances of Willian and Pedro on the right-hand side, they could arguably land themselves a significant upgrade if Conte can work his magic on Rodriguez and get him back to his best at Stamford Bridge.
The former Monaco man could relish the kind of freedom to roam like Eden Hazard has this season, with the tireless Victor Moses ensuring there isn’t too much defensive work for him to do on that side of the pitch.
He might not look an obvious fit for the system, or a player Chelsea urgently need given the way they’ve all been playing this season, but as Oscar is leaving they are surely going to make a big move in the market this winter, and Rodriguez seems almost certain to be available.
If he does move to the Premier League, we expect Rodriguez could do rather well as the next member of the Conte revolution.
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