It was a homecoming for Wayne Rooney when he arrived at Everton last summer following his successful 13-year spell at Old Trafford.
The former England captain, of course, left Goodison Park for Manchester United back in 2004 where he went on to become the club’s all-time top scorer, winning a host of honours including the Premier League on multiple occasions and Champions League along the way.
With his Evertonian connection, ability and everything accomplished in the game as a player, Everton supporters were delighted with their prodigal son’s return to the club.
— BĒV #COYKIRK (@ToffeeBEV) July 9, 2017
Welcome Home Wayne I am delighted to see you back COYBB NSNO
— speedomick (@speedomick) July 9, 2017
Great news @ianjacques68. Captain?
— Craig (@Craig_Pankhurst) July 9, 2017
Rooney Rooney Rooney!!
— Mark (@Dr_EFC) July 9, 2017
WELCOME HOME WAZZA
— costeño (@Rondiabc) July 9, 2017
Always hoped but never thought I’d see the day these 2 legends were back together
— Kris Eccleston (@KrisEcco) July 9, 2017
Get in, Welcome back @WayneRooney
— Jordan Haskell (@jordan_haskell9) July 9, 2017
However, things did not go the way the Everton faithful would have hoped. Despite finishing as the club’s top goalscorer in the Premier League, both Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce had their troubles when it came to fitting Rooney into the starting XI.
The inclusion of Rooney often saw someone like Gylfi Sigurdsson, whose best position is just behind behind the striker, pushed out wide to accommodate Rooney.
Overall, Rooney’s return to Goodison Park was one that made little sense and the decision to bring him back feels like it was motivated by sentiment and nostalgia.
He was never going to be able to replace Romelu Lukaku’s goals up front, while playing him as a No.10 lacked any logic considering the club forked out huge money on Sigurdsson the same summer, one of the division’s most creative players.
Following the appointment of Marco Silva in the Goodison Park dugout, Rooney now finds himself playing for MLS side DC United, and the excitement surrounding his return to Merseyside is now nothing but a distant memory.