Everton has been experiencing a pretty turbulent season thus far, having already dispensed with previous manager Ronald Koeman after a host of disastrous results. Sam Allardyce has taken over and has already overseen two victories in his first two games, the first being a 4-0 thumping of West Ham in which Rooney got a hat trick.
His first two goals were passable, but it’s his third that raised Goodison Park’s roof:
He’s infamous for having a cannon of a right foot, having put away a lobbed goal from near the halfway line a few seasons ago for Manchester United too. In this instance he had the West Ham keeper to thank for slicing a rushed clearance when he slid out of his box to open up the opportunity.
Rooney’s technique was impeccable, not lobbing it but rather slicing under the ball with power to give it some backspin while keeping it just above two West Ham players who looked to head the ball away.
These two victories will inject a bit of confidence into the Everton squad, which is much needed, not just because of their dreadful form over the last few months, but also because they’re hosting Liverpool at Goodison for the season’s first Merseyside Derby this coming weekend.
Can Wayne Rooney get one over on Liverpool the way he was so used to doing for United?