Everton supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team grab a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with struggling Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their meeting with the relegation-threatened Saints having beaten Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town in their previous two league games, thus going in search of three victories on the spin on Saturday for the first time since January 2017. However, Nathan Redmond gave Mark Hughes’ team the lead at Goodison Park, and they looked on course for all three points until Tom Davies grabbed a 96th minute leveller for the Toffees, thus preserving them a point from proceedings.
As such, there have been several relieved Evertonians in the Tavern in recent times, many of whom are hoping their team can finish the season strongly with victory in their final match against West Ham on Sunday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that midfielder Wayne Rooney could be on his way out of the club during the close season.
Yet given his efforts for the Merseysiders this term, and indeed what he could bring to them next time round as well, the Toffees would certainly be making a massive mistake sanctioning the £13.5 million-rated (as per Transfermarkt) star’s departure this summer.
Significantly, the 32-year-old is the club’s top goal-scorer this season with 11 goals in all competitions, three clear of the next best Oumar Niasse, and six clear of fellow summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson.
So while some Everton fans will call into question the impact the Englishman has made this season, one can only wonder where their club might be were it not for some key goals from Rooney earlier in the campaign – wins over Newcastle United, Stoke City, and West Ham come to mind.
Ultimately, it was Rooney who stood up to be counted at a time where the Toffees were seriously struggling to put the ball in the back of the net, and while they have since reinforced that department through Cenk Tosun, that doesn’t mean that Rooney’s impact won’t be felt further down the pitch.
Yes, it hasn’t quite worked in a more defensive-minded role this season, but there is little doubt that the 32-year-old remains extremely adept on the ball while his vision remains exemplary – ultimately, he still has a lot to offer.
And with the Toffees not always convincing at times this season, especially in the midfield ranks, they simply cannot afford to allow Rooney to leave – doing so would take goals, assists, and much more, out of the squad.
Yes, England’s record goal-scorer hasn’t necessarily been at his best in 2018, but one mustn’t forget the impact he had in the latter stages of 2017 to underline that Rooney can still do a job, and a good one, at Premier League level.
Thus, allowing him to leave this summer would be a massive mistake by the Everton hierarchy.
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