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.
@dixiessixty Loved that, Ed! Spot on. & on Koné: only played 90 PL mins in 16/17, but his goals per mins played ratio was better than Rooney's in 15/16!
— Everton Musings (@EvertonMusings) May 26, 2017
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.
Premier League: Saturday 12 Aug (TBC); Stoke City at Goodison
Saturday 19 Aug (TBC); Manchester City at Etihad Stadium