Everton have made an excellent start to their 2020/21 campaign, winning all four of their matches so far.

Their attack has been particularly impressive and on Wednesday night, they scored five goals for a second consecutive match in their 5-2 Carabao cup victory over Fleetwood Town.

Now after securing progression into the next round of the cup, attention switches back to the Premier League as Everton face a tough away trip to Selhurst Park to take on a high flying Crystal Palace side.

For that fixture, we can expect to see a number of key players return to the starting line up, including Everton fan favourite James Rodriguez. The Colombian was the topic of discussion on the latest Analysing Everton podcast in which David Hughes and Josh Williams tried to ascertain just how big of an impact will the midfielder can have on the attack this season.

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David said: “Do you think James Rodriguez could be a transformational signing in terms of how many goals he could add across the course of a campaign? And I don’t mean just him scoring or assisting, I mean in terms of all-round goal contributions, because I think it could be easily ten or 15.

Josh replied: “Yeah, I think it could be a fair bit, to be honest. Last week before the season started, you asked me where could Everton finish this season. I said I would be surprised if they finished above 8th. The reason I said that was because usually goal difference is a good insight and comparison to the other competitors in the league.”

“Everton finished last season with a goal difference of -12, whilst Arsenal finished 8th with a goal difference of +8. So you’re looking at roughly a 20 goal difference between Arsenal and Everton from an attacking and defensive point of view. "

He continued by saying: “But looking at James’ start so far, and how much he will be worth in terms of goals, he could realistically be worth as much as Everton’s -12 from last season."

“He could therefore get Everton back onto to level par if you like, then it’s up to the contributions from the likes of Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison to push Everton towards a goal difference of say plus ten or something.”

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The two then discussed what should be the target if Everton are to hunt down a spot inside the European places this season.

“Wolves finished 7th with a goal difference of +11, whilst Spurs finished 6th on +14. So, that’s what Everton need to get towards and looking at James’ start, he could get them back level this season and able to push towards a positive goal difference.”

You can listen to the full episode of the latest Analysing Everton show here.