Colombia’s return to the World Cup finals for the first time in 16 years was largely overshadowed by the knee injury that ruled Radamel Falcao out of the tournament despite making a desperate attempt to recover in time.
However, while the former Atletico Madrid striker’s absence is likely to be a major blow for Los Cafeteros, Jose Pekerman’s squad boasts plenty of other talented players and will fancy their chances of getting out of Group C particularly if one of Falcao’s teammates at Monaco, James Rodriguez, fires on all cylinders.
The Colombian has joined the ever expanding list of rumoured Spurs targets, which isn’t surprising when you consider that his range of passing and ability to beat his man suggests he’d fit Mauricio Pochettino’s football philosophy to perfection.
Rodriguez, who left Porto for £35m last summer, is normally deployed wide on the right for Colombia, but he’s often occupied the number 10 position for Monaco, scoring 10 goals and assisting a further 14 in 38 appearances in all competitions for his club, while he netted three in 14 games as Colombia secured their spot in Brazil.
Monaco enjoyed a fine season, but ultimately fell short even though they managed to clinch a Champions League spot ahead of next term which, theoretically at least, should be enough to convince Rodriguez to remain at the Principality club.
However, reports have described Rodriguez as unimpressed with Monaco’s decision to replace Claudio Ranieri with Leonardo Jardim and should the Colombian opt to move across the Channel, expect Spurs to be among the contenders for his signature if they can afford his hefty price-tag.
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