The Everton fans have been in buoyant mood in the Transfer Tavern since their side strolled to a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, but recent reports regarding the future of Wayne Rooney have rather dampened their spirits.
Sam Allardyce continued to silence his doubters by leading his side to a 2-0 victory over relegation-threatened Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium last weekend courtesy of strikes from Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye. Big Sam’s future at the club has been called into question in recent months due to the supporters frustration at their perceived stagnation under his leadership, but recent reports from the Daily Mirror suggest another key figure could be set to depart Goodison Park this summer.
According to the report, the club will entertain offers for Wayne Rooney’s services this summer as they undergo a significant transformation in personnel which could also result in the departure of Allardyce and Bill Kenwright. Although Rooney has struggled for goal-scoring form in recent weeks, the decision to allow him to depart the club just one year after his emotional return to Merseyside would be a foolish one for Everton to agree to.
Despite not scoring since the 18th December 2017, Rooney (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) has managed to notch 10 Premier League goals since he joined Everton from Manchester United last summer whilst operating in a variety of midfield and attacking positions. However, it must be considered that the 32-year-old has plenty more strings to his bow than just goal-scoring.
In the centre of midfield Rooney is a constant source of creativity, a determined work-horse and a genuine fan-favourite, so allowing him to leave in the summer would certainly represent a backwards step for the Toffees. The progress Everton have made in recent months suggest that they could mount a challenge for European football next season once the slate has been wiped clean and they have the opportunity to re-write the wrongs which tarnished their opening to the current campaign, but without Rooney they will struggle to achieve their ambitious European dream.
Rooney is certainly not the player he once was, but he still has plenty to offer the club even at 32-years-of-age. Allowing him to leave this summer would be a foolish decision and one which could lead to another mediocre campaign next time round, so the Everton hierarchy must resist any forthcoming offers for Rooney this summer.
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