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Wayne Rooney must come home to Everton

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Wayne Rooney must come home to Everton... boyhood Blue can be the catalyst to push club forward and help win silverware - FAN VIEWWayne Rooney was a boyhood Evertonian but left for Manchester United in 2004Most fans forgave him but remain split on whether he will improve current teamRooney can be the marquee signing Everton crave as part of ambitious projectNow 31, he is still capable of playing at the top level and pushing Blues forward Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh are both huge admirers of the former Toffee Duncan Ferguson is also keen for his old strike partner to return to Goodison 

'Once A Blue, Always A Blue', read the vest of the fresh-faced, roaring Evertonian who had just netted at his beloved Goodison Park in the FA Youth Cup.

Fast forward 15 years and yes, Wayne Rooney may have played in red for over a decade but he's still a Blue - always has been, always will be - and the time has come for him to return to home.

A truly natural world-class talent, Rooney left his boyhood club for Manchester United and broke blue hearts, but now is the time to forgive, forget and welcome him back in the interests of Everton Football Club.

Wayne Rooney can be the catalyst to push Everton forward and win silverware once more

The boyhood Blue has been linked with an emotional return to Goodison Park but fans are split

Rooney burst onto the scene with a stunning strike against Arsenal when he was just 16

Traitor? He left Everton to win things and play on the biggest stage of all. Past it? Not at all. Costly? Of course, but certainly worth it.

While some supporters will never accept Rooney, that number is few and the vast majority of Blues would take him back.

However, some have major doubts that, at 31, the United skipper has what it takes to really improve this current Everton team and insist the outlay would be far too great.

To question his capabilities is absurd to me and Rooney, England's all-time top goalscorer, still has plenty to offer a side aiming to mix it with the best in Europe once again.

It's true, his form has dipped, though only by the usual astronomical standards of his mercurial talent and yes, he has struggled for game-time at United this season.

The effect he could have on Everton, though - both on the team and club - is huge. Signing him is an absolute no-brainer and he can be the catalyst for a 'new' EFC.

The 31-year-old is set to end his 13-year spell with Manchester United at the end of the season 

Rooney is still good enough to play at the top level and would be considered a marquee signing

ROONEY AT EVERTON 

Years: 1996-2004

First-team appearances: 77

First-team goals: 17

BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year - 2002

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Now, with investment, courtesy of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri, Everton can finally compete financially and hope to battle for titles in the coming seasons. Rooney can help play a major role in the Toffees taking their next leap, as did the £27million the Blues received from United for his services in 2004.

Make no mistake, he would be a marquee signing - definitely the most attainable at this stage - and the football world would certainly take notice with Rooney boosting our profile.

Everton may be one of England's most-storied clubs, but we have been away from the top table for more than two decades and Rooney's arrival would help put us back on the map and get our name on people's lips around the globe.

Of course, it would be an emotive move, but one that makes sound sense for Everton. This is not a plea based on nostalgia.

'Boyhood Evertonian Rooney returns to the blue half of Merseyside' would read the headline, but the Toffees would be signing one of the biggest football stars of the 21st century with three or four years left to play at the top level.

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri (left) and Ronald Koeman have grand plans

Local lad Rooney was born in Croxteth, Liverpool, and grew up as a passionate, avid Evertonian

In terms of his ability, yes he has hit a personal nadir, but this is Wayne Rooney, one of the finest, most creative, explosive and intelligent players of the Premier League era. However, the way some describe him, you could be forgiven for thinking he is only capable of playing for the Dog & Duck pub. Absolute nonsense.

For starters, it's fair to say he would be selected ahead of current Toffees frontmen Arouna Kone, Enner Valencia and Kevin Mirallas. 

Some may ask: 'Where will he play?'. He may battle for a place in the starting XI with Ross Barkley or have to settle for the bench, but such a scenario would show Everton are building a capable squad. Fans should yearn for a Ronald Koeman selection headache! We should, too, wish to pay the biggest wages for the players we want.

The current Everton squad would be buoyed by Rooney's experience and winning mentality

As well, it could be argued he hasn't appeared to enjoy his football for a few years now. Manager Koeman and director of football Steve Walsh are both huge admirers, having said so publicly this week, and you can bet Rooney's game will improve massively playing at a club where he is wanted, the club which was his first true love.

Look back to his marauding runs at Elland Road and Highbury during his debut campaign - Rooney is best when the shackles are off. Yes, he is the wrong side of 30 but he can still take a game by the scruff of the neck with his vision and industry. He can make a difference, he can be a match-winner, our talisman. 

The offers from China and the MLS will come but he will be invigorated at Everton and, having 'completed' Manchester United after becoming the club's record scorer and winning every honour on offer, he will have fresh ambition, tasked with helping his own team progress both on and off the field. 

Rooney was allowed to express himself at Everton and scored a stunner at Highbury in 2003

The youngster celebrates - now the wrong side of 30, Rooney can still influence matches

For those unsure of his ability on the pitch, Rooney's true worth to Everton would certainly be seen on the training ground.

Years of experience, trophies galore and a true winning mentality, Rooney can act as the perfect mentor for fellow Evertonians Barkley and Tom Davies while also giving Romelu Lukaku a few extra pointers in his quest to become the world's best attacker.

Fans were buoyant when Davies scored at the Gwladys Street in the mauling of Manchester City. It was a similar feeling to the ecstasy and excitement they felt when Rooney hit that wonder strike against Arsenal.

The difference between the two? Everton can now keep their talented youngsters like Davies; back then, it was impossible and Rooney had little choice but to leave if he wanted to succeed at the top level of his chosen career. 

Not only will his vast know-how aid Everton but Rooney will add to a real Scouse core consisting of Davies, Barkley and Leighton Baines; local players who understand and care about the club they are representing is always beneficial.

And Rooney does care, taking son Kai to Goodison to watch the Blues as well as buying him a Toffees strip in recent years.

Rooney would be a great mentor for fellow Blue Ross Barkley and Everton's other talented stars

The United skipper has taken son Kai to watch Everton at Goodison Park in recent seasons

Tom Davies celebrates after announcing himself in a similar way to Rooney fifteen years ago

Forget his departure and the foolish, naive badge kissing of the United badge. He left because he had to - Everton could not match his ambition at that time - rather than a strong willingness to go and who can forget his glee at 'knocking Liverpool off their perch'?! He's blue through and through and is the man to help us win silverware.

Duncan Ferguson, Rooney's friend and childhood hero, meanwhile, will work alongside him at USM Finch Farm should he make the switch and has pestered the Koeman brothers to bring him back. Rooney is well-respected and wanted by the most important figures at the club.

Back on L4 for 'Big Dunc's' testimonial in 2015, he was introduced late on and immediately got Everton fans off their seats with a clever run and fizzing shot. Rooney will do that again. Ignore his naysayers. He remains a special player, a class above.

His return was a test of the water, a check to see he was welcome. Chants of 'Rooney' proved he was as he strutted around in the royal blue shirt, the biggest star on the field.

Now is the time for Wayne Rooney to come home for good.

 Rooney could again link up with boyhood hero Duncan Ferguson - it's time to come home




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