The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern are growing increasingly concerned by recent reports which link Wayne Rooney with a move away from the club this summer.
Wayne Rooney’s return to Goodison Park began brightly as he notched 10 Premier League goals from his opening 16 fixtures prior to the turn of the year, but he has failed to find the back of the net since he scored against Swansea on the 18th of December 2017. His shortcomings in-front of goal have been a notable cause of concern for the resident Toffees faithful propping up our bar, but that does not suggest they want him to depart the club this summer.
However, they may be forced to accept that particular scenario as reports emerging from the Washington Post suggest that Rooney’s representatives are in talks with DC United over a potential summer transfer which currently has a “50% chance” of completion, according to the report. After just one season with his boyhood club, it would be a genuine shame for Rooney to leave the Premier League for the MLS, although his departure could have a positive knock on effect for Tom Davies.
Although Rooney is conventionally a striker, he has slowly developed into a central-midfield player during recent years due to his lack of pace and his natural tendency to dictate the tempo of proceedings from a deeper position. Consequently, his arrival at Everton has slightly reduced Davies’ playing time this season, as he has only started 19 Premier League matches.
The absence of James McCarthy through injury has aided Davies’ cause somewhat, but his return next season could push him further down the pecking order once again. However, Rooney’s departure would ensure that Davies would remain in contention for a regular starting berth.
The fact that Davies would no longer be able to learn and train alongside a player of Rooney’s calibre and experience could prove to be a thorn in his development, but at this stage in his career first-team opportunities are the key to his development, so the 32-year-old’s sale to DC United would undoubtedly be a blessing for the rising Evertonian star.
Everton fans – thoughts? Let us know below!