Having made big changes both in the coaching and technical areas by bringing in Marco Silva and Marcel Brands to the club, Everton are now set to shake things up on the playing staff side of things.
Undoubtedly, it’s a good time to move Rooney on, who’s currently valued at £9m by Transfermarkt. In fact, it’s worth asking the question why did Everton bring the 32-year-old back to the blue side of Merseyside in the first place?
Rooney is, of course, a very good technical player. But he’s also a player who’s been on the decline for years now. In addition to this, it’s always been hard to see where exactly the former England captain fits in in this Everton side, regardless of the manager.
For example, in the No.10 role, despite his struggles at times since arriving at Goodison Park, Gylfi Sigurdsson is the superior player in that position. Meanwhile, up front, Cenk Tosun has shown what he’s capable of and why Everton spent such big money on him in January.
In essence, if he wasn’t already, Rooney has become redundant at his boyhood club and his large wages mean he just isn’t worth keeping around.
Alongside Tosun and Sigurdsson, looking at Everton’s other attacking options such as Theo Walcott and the promising Ademola Lookman, there’s little reason for the Toffees to keep Rooney on their books.