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Dean Saunders claims that Wayne Rooney would still have an impact on Everton

Marco Silva the head coach

Former England international Wayne Rooney left Everton to move to the MLS last summer.

Wayne Rooney of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on April 23, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

talkSPORT pundit Dean Saunders has claimed that Wayne Rooney would still have an impact on Everton as he blasted the club for allowing him to leave in the summer. 

Former England international Rooney made the transfer switch to MLS side DC United, one season after he re-joined his boyhood club from Manchester United.

Since Rooney's departure, Marco Silva has taken the hot seat at Goodison Park and he has taken some flack for recent performances, but they are unbeaten in their last two matches. 


Speaking to the Final Word on talkSPORT (04/03/2019 at 7:30 pm), Saunders explained why the Toffees made a bad choice during last summers transfer window. 

"11 goals [for Rooney]. Top scorer for Everton last season," Saunders told talkSPORT. "Top of the assists, Sigurdsson and him were level. Passes on the pitch, important passes, he was top of that. I think they won one game when he wasn't playing. And they let him go!

"People are going to say, 'his legs are gone'. They're not! Have a look at his stats. Still, now he would have an effect on that team today."

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Wayne Rooney during the Everton FC training session at USM Finch Farm on April 17, 2018 in Halewood, England.

When Rooney re-joined Everton, Ronald Koeman was the manager but he was sacked midway through the campaign with Sam Allardyce replacing him, who also didn't last long.

Under those two managers, the 33-year-old played 31 Premier League matches, scoring 10 goals and supplying two assists for the club [transfermarkt]. 

He played a variety of roles from playing up front to being utilised in the middle of the park but he couldn't have the impact he would have wanted on the pitch. 

Since then, he has moved to America to play in the MLS where he has scored 12 goals and supplied six assists in 21 matches for DC United [transfermarkt]. 

D.C. United forward Wayne Rooney (9) smiles as he picks up the ball that had slipped under Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan (1) for the second United goal by midfielder Luciano Acosta (...

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