Wayne Rooney’s return to his boyhood club has dominated the back pages over recent days with the move sparking plenty of debate among pundits and fans alike. Many point to the fact no fee was involved and that at 31 years-old, the former England captain could still have a few years left him in and should bring with him a winning mentality from his 13 years at Old Trafford. The detractors however will point to Rooney’s decreasing influence on the pitch and his poor goals return in recent seasons, the striker hasn’t scored more than 20 PL goals in a season since 2011/12 and has scored just 13 in his last two seasons combined.
One bookmaker has priced up specials on the scouser’s return to Merseyside, putting him up at 5/6 to surpass his efforts from the last two seasons and score more than 8 goals in a season for the first time since 14/15. Alternatively you can get 10/11 his decline continues and he fails to score at least 9 goals, something he managed in his final season at Goodsion Park in the 03/04 season. During his time at Manchester United, the striker scored just five goals in 20 appearances against his old club but Coral have gone 2/1 he scores against his former employers in the Blue of Everton next season. For those who feel Rooney will struggle for playing time and/or for form next season might be attracted to the 4/1 on offer for him to score five league goals or fewer next season.
There is no escaping the fact a lot of focus and pressure will be on Rooney’s shoulders with Everton yet to replace last season’s topscorer Romelu Lukaku, but if he can rise to the occasion and lead the line effectively, a re-call to the England squad could be on the cards and a seat on the plane to Russia for the World Cup in 2018. A scenario with odds of 11/4 to happen.
And who knows, he could even find his scoring boots and trouble the likes of Harry Kane, Gabriel Jesus and Lukaku for the Golden Boot, although at 80/1 he is the same price as Daryl Murphy!