Is Wayne Rooney Returning To Everton Good Business By The Toffees?

Is Wayne Rooney Returning To Everton Good Business By The Toffees?
Jul 6, 2017

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News broke this week that current Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney, is set to rejoin his boyhood club Everton by the end of the week. Neil Custis from the Sun broke the news that Rooney is set to be excluded from United’s pre-season tour in America and is set to complete his medical by the end of the week.

The Scouser had a mixed season at United under José Mourinho, only starting a measly 15 games for the Red Devils and coming off the bench 10 times in the league. Wayne only managed 5 goals and 5 assists in total, making it his worst goal-scoring season in his Premiership career. In the Europa League, Rooney started 4 games and came on as a substitute 3 times, netting 2 goals in total against Fenerbahçe and Feyenoord along with 3 assists in the early rounds of the competition.

Although Rooney was a key figure in the early games of United’s season, starting the first 5 games of the league season, it soon became apparent Rooney wasn’t wanted by Mourinho, with Mata and Mkhitaryan both taking his number 10 role.

José’s rejection of Rooney was made apparent with the 119 cap England international not starting in either the Capital One Cup or Europa League final. The record England goalscorer did score a stunning late equaliser against Stoke which made him the leading all-time goalscorer at the club and winning 2 major trophies along with the Community Shield is an appropriate way for Rooney to depart after his 13 seasons at the club.

So where does Rooney go from here? With a hefty £250,000 a week wage bill, it is rumoured that American clubs were sceptical of offering Rooney such fee and that the father of three didn’t want to move his family to China. Thus, with Ronald Koeman an avid fan, never ruling out the possibility of Wayne returning to Goodison Park, what will Rooney offer that will tempt the club to deliver the £250,000 a week wage?

First off, passion. As an Everton fan, Rooney will play with his heart on his sleeve every time he puts the jersey on. The yards will be put in, his experienced voice will be heard nearly every minute, directing his teammates to where they should be. Rooney will continue to be a leader on the pitch and his love for Everton will show and that’s something which every fan wants to see from their players on the field.

Secondly, the revenue. Rooney left Everton as one of the hottest prospects in world football in 2003 and fast forward to 2017, the scouser returning home after all these years will be a momentous occasion for the fans, the club and Rooney. Fans will flock to get Rooney imprinted on the back of their new shirts for the upcoming seasons, the image rights will play their part and the whole frenzy of the legendary status player coming home will boost media interest in Everton. This transfer could be a cash cow for Everton if they get their man.

Rooney’s an old man now in the footballing trade and his experience winning trophies, in European campaigns and in international tournaments for England have made him the man he is to date. Koeman will be hoping that the current United captain could pass on some of those skills and tips to the younger players such as Ross Barkley, Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman. His wealth of experience could be crucial in forming the winning mentality into younger players for years to come and so, a more advisory role within the team may be Wayne’s role, rather than on the pitch.

Sadly though, that’s where the major benefits of buying Rooney end. Although a great player on his day, his pace has gone and is now in a period of his career where he still doesn’t know what his best position is. Under Roy Hodgson and Louis Van Gaal, both managers tried to mould the 31-year-old into this deep-lying playmaker, which in my eyes never truly worked, with his displays at Euro 2016 highlighting his inability to control the tempo of the match or break teams down from deep. Under José, Rooney was back to a number 10 role where he has excelled for most of his career and if Koeman does see Rooney in this role, will he be guaranteed a starting role? If Ross Barkley was to stay, you would most certainly argue Barkley should start over Rooney, with Barkley still learning his trade and therefore only going to get better. Mixed into this is Davy Klaassen.

The £23 million signing from Europa League runners-up Ajax, Klaassen has 14 intentional caps for Holland and captained Ajax last season at just 22 years old, so the Dutchman could easily be an equal match for Rooney ability wise and Barkley. Rooney slows play down and Koeman likes fast players who can break or get in behind. For me, Rooney can’t do that role anymore and will be nothing more than a squad rotation player which will still be key, with Everton in the Europa League this upcoming season.

Rooney could be a great buy if he is utilised in teaching Barkley and Tom Davies a few tricks he’s learnt over his playing career. Everton will have a tough season trying to finish 4th and Rooney’s experience and passion in the dressing room could also play a part in the Toffees finishing in that lucrative top four slot. However, when it comes to on the pitch, Rooney won’t improve Everton’s squad with Barkley, Tom Davies and Davy Klassen all available to fill positions Rooney could be eyeing.

Nonetheless, this could be the fairy tale ending for Rooney. Leaving Goodison for Old Trafford at the tender age of 19 years old, the media’s gaze has always focused on Wayne but his love for Everton never dissolved. Having painted his son Kai’s room blue, such is his love for his club, Rooney could complete some unfinished business in Liverpool and the chance to end the club’s trophy drought will be high on his list. An England great, a Manchester United legend, if Rooney can help Everton achieve their targets for the next few years and returns to the form which got him the £25.6 million pound switch 13 years ago, Rooney might even cement himself in Everton folklore too.



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