Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern will be awaiting with caution after it has emerged Wayne Rooney and Sam Allardyce are set to have talks about the player’s reaction to being substituted.
The former England striker was taken off the pitch just before the hour-mark, much to his displeasure, during the Merseyside derby and made his feelings towards the decision very clear. The 32-year-old was far from impressed and refused to shake his manager’s hand at the time.
Allardyce took it in good measure, believing it was because of the nature of the fixture and Rooney’s background, however, he revealed that he is planning to sit down with the experienced head later in the week and discuss it.
“He is an Evertonian through and through, he was playing in a big derby against Liverpool on his own patch and he was substituted by the manager – that was too much for him to take and he had to show his frustration,” he told TalkSPORT.
“We’ll sit down this week and talk it through and we’ll see how he feels. I’m sure he’s calmed down a bit now.”
Allardyce defended the decision to bring Rooney off, using Idrissa Gueye as his replacement, and stated that it was for tactical reasons, feeling he needed to make a change. A hugely popular figure amongst our resident Evertonians, they hope the matter is resolved rather quickly.
Everton fans in the Tavern will be hoping this is all much about nothing and that it will blow over in the next few days, with the locals keen to keep both on the same page as Everton continue to look to push up the Premier League table.
They need Rooney on form if they are going to make a better go of things next season, despite his rather inconsistent form of late.
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