Everton sign Rooney

Can Everton Punch Above Their Weight with Rooney Signing?

All of a sudden, Everton football club are looking like a formidable group who can really punch above their weight in the Premier League. Wayne Rooney joining the Toffees has no doubt been a massive influence, but can signing Wazza guarantee a top four finish for Ronald Koeman’s team?

The prestige and history of a club cannot be downplayed, however, it’s the quality of players a football club has in its ranks that determine the level of success it achieves. For a club that’s nearly 140 years old, Everton football club is one with a rich history in English football. Nevertheless, the Merseysiders have for long been considered perennial underachievers living perpetually under the shadow of their derby rivals, Liverpool.

In the past 24 years, the highest finish the Merseyside Blue has attained is a top four finish, which came in the 2004-05 season. With no respite in sight, Ronald Koeman got drafted in. The Dutch tactician who came into the Premier League in 2014, guided the Toffees to a seventh place finish last season, a step up from the 11th they’ve managed in the previous two campaigns.

Piece by piece, Koeman looks to be putting together a pretty formidable Everton side. He’s already smashed the club’s transfer record by bringing in former Sunderland goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford for £25million and bolstered his defence by signing Michael Keane from Burnley.

Koeman has also signed tantalising Dutch midfielder, Davy Klaassen from Ajax. Klassen by the way, was sensational for Ajax last season one in which he scored 16 goals for the Amsterdam side.

The departed Enner Valencia has promptly been replaced by Sandro Ramirez who joins the Blues from Spanish side, Granada. Ramirez is a graduate of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy.

Then there’s the big one; the most talked about transfer in all of England – Wayne Rooney’s transfer from Manchester United. The spotlight beams on Rooney, as it always has since he turned 16.

Can Rooney be the final piece of the jigsaw for Koeman?

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At 31, Wayne Rooney has etched his name in Manchester United’s firmament for generations to come. However, it’s time for the England record scorer to face a new reality, one that lies with the club he left thirteen years ago.

Beyond the excitement of a long-awaited homecoming for Roo, can he be the cog the Toffees have long been searching for?

Wazza comes in as a leader, being skipper of England and having led Manchester United since Rio Ferdinand retired. Having a leader like Wayne, with plenty experience, should count for plenty for Merseyside-Blue.

For a man who claims he has won Everton pyjamas for 13 years, his commitment won’t bear a question mark, but can his legs deliver the fire he has in his belly for Everton?

“Rooney is only 31”, as his new gaffer points out, the Englishman should still have what it takes to play football at the highest level for at least three years; shining examples are Zlatan Ibrahimović and Cristiano Ronaldo, who at 32, still ripped the Champions League stage apart last term.

Wayne Rooney’s signing is a massive addition for the Blues, no doubt. However, for the United record scorer to make any sort of meaningful impact for Ronald Koeman’s side, he must first find his feet. It’s no secret that the Liverpudlian is returning home having nearly hit rock bottom in his career.

A lot would be expected from Rooney at Everton, but at Merseyside, he’ll get the opportunity to find himself, away from the win-or-burst mentality at Old Trafford.

If Wayne Rooney can pick up some steam at Everton, then, we shouldn’t be surprised to see Everton displacing one of the big spenders and making the top four; it’s not beyond him yet. six new signings and counting, including Wayne Rooney; the sky is indeed Blue.

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