Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton was celebrated both often and loudly by the punters propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern.
While the 31-year-old cut a rather divisive figure during his final few years with Manchester United, few would doubt just how big a name he still is and his title-winning experience will be crucial on Merseyside.
So, it’s fair to say the Toffees in the Tavern are really rather sweet of Wazza’s return. Indeed, former Goodison Park chief David Moyes has had his say on the matter.
The Scot managed Rooney during his first spell at Everton, as well at United, and has told ESPN he believes it to be a good move for both the England skipper and his former club.
”’I think it’s a really good move for Everton”, said Moyes.
”It’s a big thing for Everton as well, it shows they’re in business, they want to challenge the top teams. Even if they get a good year out of Wayne, I think it’s a good move.”
Where exactly Rooney will line up in Koeman’s team remains to be seen and often the subject of debate in our bar, though Moyes believes he stills possesses the quality to help relieve some of the goalscoring burden in the wake of Romelu Lukaku’s departure.
”I do think Wayne will score goals, I think it’s the one thing he can do as well as anybody in the country as his goalscoring record proves.”
Though Moyes may not be the most popular figure amongst our resident Evertonians, they hope he’s right on the matter and that they can enjoy Rooney’s return this season.
Rooney’s goalscoring figures may have dropped in recent years, though perhaps playing in a more advanced role with a tad less pressure may help him recapture some of that form.
Everyone here in the Tavern hopes the move works for a legend of English football, though Rooney remains an entirely divisive figure.