Kevin Campbell believes Everton have secured themselves a ’world class talent’ in the shape of James Rodriguez.
The Blues confirmed the signing of the Colombia midfielder from Real Madrid on Monday night.
The 29-year-old has signed a two-year deal with an option for a third season in a move that sees him link up with Carlo Ancelotti for the third time.
Ancelotti signed James from Monaco as Real Madrid manager in 2014, before securing his services on a two-season loan for Bayern Munich three-years later.
And Campbell has no doubt that the influence of Ancelotti was the biggest driving force behind the deal being completed.
“James Rodriguez is a world class talent,” the former Blues skipper told Genting Betting.
“There aren’t many times that you can say that Everton have signed a player in his prime from Real Madrid. Because of the Carlo Ancelotti factor, Everton are able to do that.
“Now, Everton are going to have to come up with the system in order to get the best out of him because we know what he can do.
“After all, he is a World Cup Golden Boot winner. This is the type of talent and quality that is coming into the club.
“So, I’m sure Ancelotti will do great and give him the opportunity to thrive. I just want to see him do so well because I think when players like this come into the Premier League, it’s such a blessing for the league and Everton for a player like this to come and join.”
While Campbell also believes forward Richarlison would reject a move to Barcelona because of the quality of the players currently joining Everton.
He said: “Richarlison is going nowhere. I have no worries that Richarlison is heading to Barcelona – they are on a different tangent now.
“When you see the quality of players coming into the club, he’ll be rubbing his hands and thinking, now we have a team.
“A lot of the work he used to have to do going backwards, he’s not going to have to do now.
“Also, there are a lot of problems going on at Barcelona at the moment and he’s not going to want any part of that. So, I don’t see him going anywhere.”