Season Review Series – Wayne Rooney

Everton’s very own Wayne Rooney Continues our 2017/18 player review series.

Wayne Rooney returned to Everton Football Club in July 2017, 13 years after he had swapped Goodison Park for Old Trafford.

The clubs summer business had been brisk but when Wayne Rooney’s transfer was announced, it stood out for many reasons.

He was not coming back for money that was for sure, He spoke with the then current manager Ronald Koeman and showed he was determined to help the club progress. His attitude impressed Koeman and the deal was swiftly concluded.

When his signing was confirmed in July, it was shortly followed by a comment from Rooney that he had slept in “Everton pyjamas” and Everton was the only English club he would have moved onto following his career at Man Utd.



Lukaku gone and what looked like some short falls in the last minute transfers, Rooney was left leading the line for the blues.

The dream looked to be taking shape with some impressive performances early on in the season.

Overall season rating: 6/10


The Highlights

Goodison was never more elated than on the opening day when back in a blue shirt after so long his headed goal secured the win against Stoke.

next At Anfield in December, the penalty he slammed into the roof of the net brought an explosion of joy to the away section.

And who can forget there was his brilliant display against West Ham in November, when he scored a hat-trick, rounded off with a stunning shot from inside his own half. With calm and precision directing the poorly cleared ball back over Joe Hart and his defence.



Man of the match performances.

Rooney received two awards for the West Ham game at Everton’s end-of-year gala dinner last week —

Goal of the Season

And

Individual Performance of the Season

Areas to improve

Without Rooney’s 10 goals, Everton would be four places lower in the table and seven points worse off.

However with the last goal coming against Swansea on December 18, it was a season of two halves for Wayne.

Reasons could be given that following the arrival of Allardyce wayne was dropped further back into the midfield thus nullifying his attacking flare and options. But it is clear to see the pace is no longer there and Rooney will need to adapt in that midfield area if he wants to improve and continue into next season.

His positioning and passing is still accurate and a great asset, however if he wants to continue he needs to use his assets to out way his pace to prevent lost ball and duels lost in the middle of the park.


Commitment and attitude is clearly still with the born and bred Blue and the experience he brings to the squad and in particular the younger guys coming through can be a big factor next season.


In numbers

Total appearances this season 40 including 4 from the bench

Scoring – 11 goals (10 x PL 1 xUEFA)

Averaging a goal every 228mins

Assists – 3

Passing accuracy is around 75%

Clean sheets – 7

Yellow Cards – 6

Duels won around 30%

Successful dribbles 40%

Both these leading to being dispossessed on average almost twice per game.



Summary

Started the season strong leading the line for the blues. Can still be a great asset for the club in nurturing some of the younger and less experienced squad members next season.

Should he be starting 27 out of 38 premier league games next season? I would say no.

Use him correctly off the bench to change the game. Pull on his experience to help the whole squad.

Next season will be tough more changes in the summer and New manager or not the pressure will be on in the first few games of the Season, this should be where rooney comes in to his own and shows his experience.

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