Everton supporters have been pretty quiet in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team fail to get past a make-shift Liverpool side in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park last weekend.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their encounter with their bitter rivals with the Reds in the middle of a Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City, in which they won the first leg 3-0. And their trip to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday certainly seemed to be in Jurgen Klopp’s mind when he made several changes to his team for the trip to Goodison Park on Saturday, yet the Toffees were unable to take advantage in only drawing 0-0 with their city neighbours.
Thus, there have been many disappointed Evertonians in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom certainly sensed an opportunity on Saturday to record a first win over Liverpool since 2010, but it ultimately wasn’t to be for their side.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking them with a move for ex-Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa.
And alongside some choice words for manager Allardyce on Saturday following his withdrawal, these recent reports suggest that the problems could well be mounting for £13.5 million-rated star Wayne Rooney (as per Transfermarkt).
The 32-year-old took displeasure at Allardyce’s decision to substitute him after just 57 minutes against the Reds on Saturday, the second successive game that the former England captain failed to complete 60 minutes before being withdrawn.
Ultimately though, the ex-United star didn’t do enough in those 57 minutes to suggest that he deserved to stay on the pitch, with the Englishman somewhat struggling to get to grips with the deeper role he was asked to play by the Toffees chief.
But his reaction to being substituted is unlikely to go down too well with manager Allardyce, with Rooney opting against shaking his boss’ hand when replaced by Idrissa Gueye in the stalemate on Saturday.
Allardyce has since said that the 32-year-old could be used slightly further forward in the near future, which itself also presents a problem to England’s record goal-scorer given the efforts of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Tom Davies in that role.
And were the Toffees to indeed land Kagawa this summer, another attacking midfielder who excels just behind the striker, Rooney would surely be struggling for regular minutes in that role too.
Ultimately, after a clear disagreement with Allardyce on Saturday and a possible move for 29-year-old Kagawa this summer, the problems look set to keep mounting for the 32-year-old.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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