Wayne Rooney ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5)
Fee: £10m or Free
Former Club: Manchester United
Remember the name!!! How could we forget. It is hard not to write with emotion. It hurt so much when he left, the greatest teenager in the English game snatched from us before he had even begun to fulfil his vast potential. It hurt even more because Everton were at one of our lowest ebbs and still to this day remain trophy less, now for 22 years and counting.
We will never know what might have been if Rooney had stayed, quite possibly we could have reached a financial abyss, administration and Championship football could have followed. The transfer fee paid by Manchester United certainly kept the vultures at bay and David Moyes used a backs against the wall mentality to propel Everton forward. But wouldn’t it have been great to have seen Rooney in his prime, in Everton blue and captaining his boyhood club to cup success.
Rooney has returned to Goodison to make that last sentence reality, not in his prime, but surely at 31 years old, with enough years in the tank to bring much needed glory back to the blue half of Merseyside. The early glimpses have shown a player desperate to do well, perhaps a player trying to hard, but one, with match sharpness can make Everton a better team. With his football brain he is head and shoulders above anyone else on the pitch, his passing still fantastic and his link up play is crisp and sharp. What is missing at the moment is that ruthlessness in front of goal, but that will come with match practice, let’s not forget he was only sparingly used by Jose Mourinho during his last 12 months at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney still has a big future at Everton, it may not be the one we had in mind 15 years ago, but the return of Wayne Rooney is one to excite even the most dour of Evertonians.
Remember Arsenal, remember Leeds at Elland Road, not once but twice and remember the last minute winner against Villa. Remember the name, remember Wayne Rooney!