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Wayne Rooney to Everton: What will he bring to the table

Monday 10th July 2017
Wayne Rooney's Everton return has been confirmed. The 31-year-old striker will rejoin the club he supported as a boy, after ending a thirteen-year stint at Manchester United. Ronald Koeman's excellent transfer window continues as The Toffees look to break into the top six.

It was always written in the stars for England's greatest ever goalscorer to return 'home'. He won everything on offer whilst a Red Devil and now the challenge has to be to push Everton to that next level.

What will Wayne Rooney bring to the table for Everton?

First of all, experience. This is a player who has played in the pressure-cooker of Champions League finals, title-deciding Premier League fixtures and World Cup fixtures for England.

Rooney knows what it takes to drag his teammates through those tough situations and that knowledge and know-how will be vital for Koeman's new-look Everton. He can be that leader and that positive influence for the immensely talented players he'll have around him.


It comes as no secret that Everton are building towards the future, and signings like Jordan Pickford (23) and Michael Keane (24) back that up. They need a leader. A player who'll boost their confidence and keep morale high during the heat of battle. Wayne Rooney had been Manchester United's captain for three years, and although he probably won't get the armband, he can still offer leadership qualities.

Rooney has the rare ability to decide matches on his own due to his sheer work rate, persistence and determination. He will become a vital cog in the Everton machine that is certainly moving in the right direction.

It's not just his on-field contributions either. Rooney is one of the nice guys of football off the field and the younger lads will look up to him as an inspiration.


The fans probably won't care about this, but Wayne Rooney is a brand. He has fans from every corner of the globe that'll follow his career ever so closely wherever he ends up. This will bring in revenue for the Merseyside club in the form of jerseys, memorabilia and other merchandise.

Financially, this was a no-brainer for Everton because whatever they're paying him in terms of weekly wages, no doubt they'll reap the rewards of that by having a player of Rooney's stature on their books.

A desire to win

Rooney will put his body on the line to win, perhaps even more so now that he is playing for the team he has grown up supporting. His win at all costs attitude is one of the reasons as to why he has been so successful throughout his career and I've no doubts that he'll help propel Everton to that next level.

The verdict

Was it the correct decision? I firmly believe so. Everton gave him so much and it's only right he repays that. The move 100% came at the right time as he was certainly out of the reckoning at Manchester United, and he needs to be playing regularly if Rooney harbours any hopes of regaining his England place.

I think it's fair to say that his performance levels have dropped over the last couple of seasons and this dream move back to Goodison Park may well reinvigorate that fire in his belly. I certainly hope that is the case anyway.

I'm happy for all involved as it feels like the perfect move for all parties. I'd love to see Rooney back to his best, even if it's just for one more season. One thing we know for certain is that he's a fighter, and he will give absolutely everything for The Toffees.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.

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