Upon rejoining his boyhood club Everton, Wayne Rooney has revealed he hopes to help the club win their first trophy since the 1995 FA Cup.
Having falling down the pecking order at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, the Reds were content to let their all-time leading goalscorer return to Goodison Park on a free transfer, 13 years and several trophies after joining the Old Trafford club for £26million.
Rooney collected five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, three League Cups, one UEFA Champions League and one UEFA Europa League during his time in Manchester. And he now aims to take this winning mentality to help the Toffees add to their own illustrious honours list.
“I am excited and I’m looking at a challenge,” he said. “I think it’s the right time in my career and I’m ready for it. It’s all right saying we are here to win trophies, and of course we want to. But it’s on us as a football club to do that. That’s why we have to make sure we do that.”
Rooney will take the number 10 shirt from Romelu Lukaku, who has moved in the opposite direction to join United in a £75million deal. He is the latest signing in what has been an exciting summer for Everton, who have spent almost £100million on squad acquisitions thus far.
Ronald Koeman’s defensive options have been bolstered with the additions of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and centre-half Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen has joined to add creativity to the midfield, and Sandro Ramirez could partner Rooney in a new-look strike force.