Everton supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their side comfortably beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 on Saturday to secure back-to-back Premier League victories.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the relegation-threatened Terriers off the back of a 1-0 success over in-form Newcastle United in their last league outing, a result which moved them above Leicester City into eighth place in the table. And the Toffees pulled further clear of the Foxes on Saturday as goals from Cenk Tosun and Idrissa Gueye secured a routine win at the John Smith’s Stadium, moving them to within six points of seventh place Burnley although Allardyce’s side do have an inferior goal difference.
As such, there have been many happy Everton fans in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are hoping their side can maintain their decent run of form between now and the end of the campaign, in turn building momentum ahead of the 2018/19 season.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Evertonians to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that their club could seek to offload midfielder Wayne Rooney this summer.
Ultimately, former England captain has endured a testing few weeks at Everton, what with the midfielder replaced before the hour mark against both Manchester City and indeed Liverpool, prompting frustration from the 32-year-old aimed towards manager Allardyce.
And while he is the club’s top goal-scorer this season with 11 goals, some of our resident Toffees fans don’t think Rooney has been at his best this term, and as such he could be on his way out of Goodison Park just 12 months after joining from Manchester United.
And the Toffees must seek to bring another star back to Merseyside were that to happen, as 30-year-old Fellaini could turn out to be the ideal replacement for Rooney.
Ultimately, the United star made his name at Goodison Park to earn a big money move to United back in 2013, netting 11 goals and laying on six assists in what turned out to be his final season at the club, which went some way to underlining his status as one of the most influential attackers in the Premier League.
And while he hasn’t quite shown that at Old Trafford, his late winner against Arsenal at the weekend, alongside three other league goals, suggests that he still has a part to play in the English top-flight, and could slot in well under Allardyce at Everton.
Be it in a slightly deeper midfield role, where he has appeared more often for United, or indeed in a more advanced midfield position, where he excelled at Everton, the Belgium international is adept at both, and would certainly add greater steel and strength to the Toffees midfield ranks – ranks which haven’t always been at their best this season.
Thus, with Everton reportedly willing to offload Rooney this summer, and Fellaini’s United future far from certain, the Toffees should seek to replace England’s record goal-scorer with the 30-year-old Belgian star this summer.
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