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'I was pensive about James but he's been excellent' - Ex-Real midfielder praised for 'big impact' at Everton

Nigel Martyn has praised James Rodriguez for making a "big impact" at Everton, while admitting to being "pensive" over the "excellent" Real Madrid midfielder's initial arrival at the club.

Everton forked out £22 million ($35m) to sign James from Madrid on September 7, ending his six-year stay at Santiago Bernabeu.

The Colombia international scored 37 goals in 125 games for the Blancos, winning two Liga titles and two Champions League crowns, but fell way down the squad pecking order after returning from a loan spell at Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019.