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Buying our past and selling our future?
by Ed Bottomley

ROONEY’S AGONY!” moaned the Daily Mail yesterday…

Apparently the poor lad has a tough choice. A move to China and all that lovely money or a return to Everton, a move – the Daily Mail hastens to add – that Rooney is “pining” for…

When Everton weren’t good enough for him, he had no problem leaving. Now that he’s not good enough for us, we’re supposed to want him back?

If we strip away the emotion, hyperbole, and Daily Mail headlines we end up with this: 

 

We’d be signing a 31 year old reject from the team one place above us in the league. 

 

This isn’t to say he wasn’t a great player, and of course he has a wealth of experience. But he’s done. His form has fallen off a cliff. His goalscoring has evaporated. How do we know he’ll be great for our youth? Won’t his mere presence mean he’ll be taking up a slot that could be filled by a youngster? 

I’ve even seen some people say that Rooney is an improvement on Kone. Yes, he is. But only just. Our ambitions surely span further than trying to bring in someone slightly better than Arouna Kone. 

Signing Rooney would be a statement of intent. Intent to stagnate and fritter away money on the one player more than any other that we owe NOTHING to. He’s welcome to come back, buy some shares or take some coaching badges but don’t come back as a player. 

When Paul Stretford was whispering sweet transfer nothings into Blue Wayne’s chubby young ears I imagine he told him he could always come back to Goodison some day. He’s waited too long. He’s not the player he was, he’s a million miles away from the player we knew.

So many people railed against Martinez and how he turned our team soft, how we rolled over for teams and let them rub our belly, how we needed to be nastier, more ruthless. Bringing Rooney back – a goalscorer who doesn’t score goals anymore – would be the ultimate soft act of charity. 

And for me the worst part is that we’re even wasting time thinking about this when Ross Barkley’s new contract hasn’t been signed. How on earth can we be OK with an aged Rooney coming in for 150 grand a week, when we are still treading water with Barkley’s horrifically botched contract negotiations? 

As Koeman starts on year two of his three year project, and we look ahead to a summer where our team is improved by new signings, trying to bring in Rooney as Barkley heads towards the exit is braindead and backwards.

In the coming weeks we could be spending more money on buying our past than we are on trying to secure our future, and that type of thinking genuinely scares me. 

Written by Ed Bottomley

Everton fan exiled in Michigan. Duncan Ferguson obsessive, history buff, optimist. Follow me on Twitter @DixiesSixty

9 Comments

I agree with all you say

by William landry on May 26, 2017 at 3:18 pm


I think that you are very wrong. I know that Rooney will divide Everton fans right down the middle. He offers something that we need desperately and that is a winning mentality.

At 31 he has plenty left in the tank and any suggested decline in form may be the fact that he has had three managers in as many years two of which had their own ideas.

With regard to Ross i’d take the risk and make him stay ….many Rooney could help Ross achieve his full undoubted potential also.

by Paul cook on May 26, 2017 at 3:29 pm


Well said

by efcjimbo on May 26, 2017 at 3:35 pm


I think some of your comments on Rooney are way off. Just because a player is 31 doesn’t make him eligible for the over the hill mob, and as for being “only just” better than Kone, well, that statement is laughable. That being said, I’m with you on not wanting him back as a player. Let him go to China for £25m a season and maybe come back and go for his coaching badges like Big Dunc.Then he may be welcomed back.
Onto the Barkley debacle. What we all should be asking (but never expecting an answer) is, what’s happened behind the scenes? It’s plain to see that Koeman is quite open with his criticism of players who don’t come up to his levels of expectation, and lets face it, Barkley has on more than a few occasions fitted that bill but surely something else has happened, maybe a tapping up, we don’t know. Never the less the club were determined to keep him and so offered him a contract which was, if reported correctly, very generous indeed. Barkley through his agents has refused to sign. This is not Everton doing, this is entirely down to Ross Barkley. Did Everton leave it too late with just a year left on his contract? Well, no they didn’t.
If Barkley had any intention of signing a new deal then any time this season would have been the right time.
Many Evertonians have had it with Ross now and his possible departure has supporters split evenly.I’ve just got this niggling feeling that he loves the club too much to leave.

by Mike Neely on May 26, 2017 at 3:55 pm


I agree in parts on Wayne Rooney but to say the club botched up on Barkley contract are way off the mark a contract on offer of 5 years at £ 100,000 a week on the table for over 3 months is not botched negotiations in anyone’s eyes unless you have information from inside the club or from representatives of barkley can you please outline these in your explanation to us on your above statement of a botched contract.

by Alan Cooke on May 26, 2017 at 5:14 pm


    By botched, I mean they waited for far longer than with other players to even approach him about a contract. Koeman has gone public, setting up a false deadline, that has now passed, and we’re *still* waiting for some kind of resolution. Where did you get the 5yr, 100k per week figure?

    by Ed Bottomley on May 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm


I know one thing: Rooney wouldn’t turn up at Anfield like a frightened rabbit as most of our current crop have the tendency to do.

by Loose on May 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm


    I think you’re right there. He wouldn’t be frightened. But he wouldn’t be able to do anything either. He’s slow.

    by Ed Bottomley on May 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm


I agree with everything you say about Rooney Ed.

But i vehemently disagree with the Barkley “botched” bit. I think through frustration you’ve gone for an easy option by bashing the club. The simple fact is you haven’t a clue of how the internal negotiations have gone, any more than I have. Another simple fact is that Barkley was long ago made an offer and has failed to publicly respond. If he and his agent were genuine about this they would have said Yes or No. If he wants to go, fair enough – just fuck off. I’d like him to stay but not at the cost of him thinking he’s bigger than the club, if that’s how his mind is working. And his form is too erratic for him to get anywhere near thinking he’s good enough to hold the situation to ransom.

I hate all this contract wrangling shit and Barkley hasn’t made it any easier. Sign or fuck off. I’m past caring what he thinks. And the same goes for Lukaku.

by Phil Williams on May 28, 2017 at 5:55 pm


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