James Rodriguez will struggle to reclaim the respect of his team-mates and Everton supporters following recent comments he made on social media, according to former England midfielder Carlton Palmer.
Prior to Everton’s stalemate with Leeds United last month, Rodriguez claimed he did not know who the Toffees’ next opponents were on his Twitch account.
According to Fichajes and Calcio In Pillole reporter Ekrem Konur, Premier League rivals Newcastle United were interested in negotiating a loan deal for the creative midfielder, who has made just 26 appearances since joining Everton.
Despite the Merseyside club being desperate to get his £90,000-per-week salary off the books, Rodriguez will remain at Goodison Park until January at the earliest after failing to find a new club before the transfer deadline.
Palmer believes Rodriguez will find it difficult reintegrating into the squad.
He exclusively told Football FanCast: “I found it really hard to hear his comments. If you’re an Evertonian and read that, you think ‘how disrespectful’.
“He’s on a reported salary of close to £5million a year and he hasn’t really pulled up any trees since he’s been there, so it’s disappointing to hear that. They needed to get him off the wage bill because that is a lot of money for someone who is not performing at the highest level.
“It’s just not worked out but when a player comes out and says that, it’s disrespectful to the board, chairman, supporters and the rest of your team-mates.”