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Wayne Rooney: The man to move Everton forward

Wayne Rooney going back to Everton where it all began for him is a fairytale, as this is the ideal scenario for most players coming to the end of their careers. He has talked about how it’s a dream come true for him and how he can’t wait to get started and assume whatever role the manager gives him.

Some tend to see this as the Toffees wasting their wages on an aging player who couldn’t offer anything more to Manchester United. These views are very unfair because what he has contributed over the years at Old Trafford can’t just be written off.

Opposition fans have had to lie to themselves for years claiming he was never world class and how he was never the main guy at United or how he never turns up for the England national team but what they can’t deny are the amount of goals scored, trophies won and personal accolades acquired including colleagues both past and present waxing lyrical about the 31-year old.

Rooney’s poor form being attributed to his age is simply false. Despite Zlatan Ibrahimovic stealing the spotlight at Old Trafford last season, Wayne still came in handy and rescued the Red Devils a couple of times such his equaliser against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium that saw him become United’s leading all time top scorer. His goal at Burnley also ensured the Red Devils left a tough Turf Moor ground with maximum points.

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman being happy to bring Wayne back to Goodison Park says something special because the Dutchman hardly goes for older players except they have something to offer. Rooney straight from his first game in pre-season against Gor Mahia showed exactly what he was capable of with a wonder strike reminiscent of what he did as a 16-year against Arsenal in 2002.

Rooney’s presence will give the highly anticipated Merseyside Derby a new meaning as this is an occasion Everton has faulted in years. The England captain brings a lot of experience from his time at Man United playing against Liverpool. He could also act as mentor to a lot of the promising youngsters at Goodison Park, pushing them both on and off the pitch as they naturally have someone to look up to.

With 13 years at one of the world’s successful football clubs, Wayne Rooney could just be the man that would put Everton on the world map having failed to see the likes of Romelu Lukaku do such. It’s up to Koeman to decide how best to explore and put into use the wealth of experience the 119-capped England international brings along with him.


Which role do you see Wayne Rooney playing at Everton? Kindly drop your comments below.

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Celestine Atufu

Celestine is an active football enthusiast whose love for the game has recently transition him into writing. He lives in Lagos Nigeria.

12 thoughts on “Wayne Rooney: The man to move Everton forward

  • Prince Makua

    You are a true son of your father. You were able to explain what most of the modern football fans couldn’t understand. Thank you so much Cele for impacting knowledge on us. Like I use you tell you education is a continuous process.

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    • Celestine Atufu

      Thanks Bro, Rooney’s role in football history can’t be written off

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  • Good write up… I think Wayne would definitely want to prove a point at Everton, he has to. I just hope no one is expecting a wand waving performance because I think it will take some time for Wayne to get settled in.

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    • Celestine Atufu

      Exactly, I think people should be fair in their assessment this coming season

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  • Odogwu obum

    Very nice write up Celestine. I think Wayne Rooney will be a mentor on and off the pitch to the young lads of the club as rightly said by you. Keep the good work up bro…

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    • Celestine Atufu

      Thank you Odogwu, glad I speak your mind. Would surely keep it up

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    • Celestine Atufu

      Thanks you.

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  • Nice write up bro.. Quite impressive..

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    • Celestine Atufu

      Thanks a lot.

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  • Wayne Rooney is a good player but i think his time is past,a good addition 2d Everton team though.

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    • Celestine

      Yes a good addition, hopefully he can give us one more good season

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