Those managers may now be regretting their decision after the Colombian was passed fit by Carlo Ancelotti for Saturday's match.
Rodriguez's home record suggests he can make his former owners regret their decision to transfer him out.
He has produced attacking returns in all three of his home appearances, totalling three goals and three assists. By contrast, he has blanked in each of his three away matches.
Everton’s schedule hands Rodriguez the chance to again become a major factor in FPL midfields.
Crucially for Everton and for Rodriguez, Richarlison (£7.8m) will return from his three-match suspension for their Gameweek 9 encounter at Fulham.
That would bring the Everton attack back to full strength, lifting Rodriguez’s prospects of further goals and assists for the coming period.
Don't forget the GW8 deadline is 16:00 GMT today.