The first season back at Goodison Park has not been exactly what Wayne Rooney was hoping for when he rejoined the club from Manchester United, but on Saturday he set an unwanted record as an Everton play as his side secured a 0-2 victory over Huddersfield Town.
That record is that he has been substituted off in 24 games this season, a new record overtaking the likes of Yakubu in 2007/08 and Marcus Bent in 2004/05, the previous leaders on 23 each, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
It also means that he has completed the full 90 minutes in just 16 games this campaign, representing only 42% of his total appearances.
What’s worse is that he has completed 90 minutes under Sam Allardyce only four times since his appointment at the end of November.
Such a statistic clearly shows that his manager no longer believes that the former England captain has what it takes to decide a game in the closing stages.
There are two key reasons for that. One is that Rooney no longer has such influence, particularly in a deeper midfield role where he finds it more difficult to stand out. Whereas he was once relied upon to produce the moment of magic to create a goal, he no longer has the ability, or at least, not often enough for Allardyce to gamble on him.
The other reason is that his fitness is no longer up to scratch. It may simply be Allardyce’s attempt to extend his career by not forcing him to continue when games have already been decided, but equally his legs cannot compete with the likes of energetic youngsters like Tom Davies when games are coming into the closing stages.
Another manager may take another approach if Allardyce is not in charge next season, but what this surprising fact shows is that Wayne Rooney’s is on his way out.
Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment
A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.
Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.
The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.
However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.
Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.
Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.
According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.
Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.
The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.
However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.
Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.
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Luke Garbutt – Oxford United
The left-back’s poor form continued this week. He was hauled off after 62 minutes as Oxford United lost their third game in a row in League One, 4-1 to Portsmouth.
He might find himself out of the team for the midweek clash with Accrington Stanley.
Henry Onyekuru – Galatasaray
A day to remember for the Nigerian forward. He scored his first goal for his new club. It also proved to be the winner in a 1-0 triumph over Goztepe.
Shani Tarashaj – Grasshoppers
Was not in the matchday squad as Grasshoppers changed things up for a Swiss Challenge Cup match v lower league opposition SC Buochs.
Ashley Williams and Cuco Martina – Stoke City
The Potters are still looking for their first win of the season. They fought to a 2-2 draw with Preston North End this weekend.
Martina was not in the squad. However, Williams started and finished the game.
Antonee Robinson and Callum Connolly – Wigan Athletic
Wigan drew 2-2 with Nottingham Forest this weekend. Both men featured. Robinson played the full 90 minutes, whilst Connolly came on for the final 15.
Nikola Vlasic – CSKA Moscow
The young Croatian played 80 minutes on his debut for the Russian side. CSKA defeated Arsenal Tula 3-0.
Kevin Mirallas – Fiorentina
La Viola’s opening game of the season at Sampdoria was postponed following the tragic Genoa bridge collapse. Genoa’s game with AC Milan was also postponed following a state of emergency being called for the city.
Cenk Tosun is an excellent leaving gift for Everton from Sam Allardyce
The Turkish striker has been in fine form for Everton.
Everton have enjoyed a decent start to the new season. The Toffees have a draw and a win from their opening two games. However, it is the style of football and the positive attitude that has Everton fans enjoying watching their side once again after a dire 2017-18.
Ronald Koeman clearly lost the dressing room and his replacement Sam Allardyce lost the fanbase. The latter may have kept Everton in the Premier League, but no Evertonian was disappointed to see ‘Big Sam’ get the boot.
However, he has left Everton with a player who is quickly winning fans over at Goodison Park. In January, Allardyce pushed for a new striker and got his man with the £27 million signing of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.
After a slow start, the Turkish star came into his own last season and, despite being goalless this term, has been excellent.
It is no coincidence that Everton’s other two attackers, Richarlison and Theo Walcott have been in such impressive form so far. Tosun’s link-up play and hard work have allowed them to thrive and that has helped him swiftly become a firm fan favourite among the Everton fans.
Now, if Tosun can start scoring some more regular goals, he could be a fantastic leaving present from Allardyce.
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