Why Everton Should Sign Wayne Rooney To Kickstart A New Era
As the summer transfer window approaches, Wayne Rooney is once again the hot topic in the tabloids. The Manchester United and England captain hasn’t had the best of the seasons in recent times and has long been linked with a move away from the Old Trafford in the summer.
There has been a concrete interest from the lucrative Chinese Super League and there were plenty of speculations that Rooney will be leaving United for the Far East. However, that did not happen and the Englishman stayed put at United and did manage to get a good run of games in the business end of the season due to the fixture congestion and an injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Rooney finished the season with 8 goals and 10 assists from 39 games across all competitions. They might not be the numbers that one expects from him, but it is enough to show that he still has plenty to offer.
Hence it is not surprising that a few Premier League clubs are lining up for a move for the 31-year old in the summer. And at the front of that line is his former club, Everton.
The Toffees had a decent season under Ronald Koeman in his first season and finished the Premier League at 7th position. That also earned them a qualification to the UEFA Europa League playoffs for the next season. Since that is done, Koeman will be intent on building a strong squad for next season and sees Rooney as a candidate to strengthen his team.
A few months back, he revealed in the press that he is an admirer of the Englishman and that he would love to bring him back to Goodison Park.
Rooney started off his footballing journey at Everton academy as a 9-year old and broke into the first-team at the tender age of 16 in the 2002/03 campaign. Not very long after, he became Everton’s youngest goal-scorer in the history of the club when he scored a double against Wrexham in the League Cup. Just after two seasons with the Toffees, Manchester United came calling in the summer of 2004 and Rooney departed, having made 77 appearances, scoring 17 goals.
Since then, Rooney has gone on to see tremendous highs and lows in his career. There are few players who manage to divide opinions as much as the 31-year old. But despite all the detractors, there is no taking away the fact that he has been a big player at both, the club and international levels. One doesn’t become the top scorer for both Manchester United and England just like that. Add to that the five Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League and more recently the UEFA Europa League, along with plenty of other honours, one can’t refute the fact that he is a legend.
Having reached a point in his career, where he isn’t the force that he used to be before, people have been very quick to write him off. But, he could be an excellent addition to this Everton side. Rooney may have hit a sudden downslide in his form, but his returns this past campaign do indicate that he can still be an important player. Especially to a young Everton side who have no great experience, especially in the attacking areas.
Someone with such vast amount of experience at one of the biggest clubs in the world, Rooney will be a huge asset for Everton if he joins them. With Everton entering the European competitions, they will need someone with experience and a proven record on the continental stages and Rooney ticks that requirement too.
Imagine the kind of statement Everton will be making if they manage to sign a player of the stature of Wayne Rooney. It will send out a big message that the Toffees are able to attract the biggest of players and it will aid them in bringing in new players of similar ilk. Koeman has displayed that he can get the best out of old players, having worked very well with Gareth Barry this season and if Rooney returns to the Goodison Park for a final swansong, he could help kickstart a new era at Everton.