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A Wayne Rooney return to Everton?

It’s a head or heart matter

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The discussion of Wayne Rooney potentially returning to Everton is one that just simply will not go away. The Manchester United captain is being linked with a move back to his boyhood club once again as he struggles at United and Jose Mourinho having told him he will have to leave if he wants regular first team football, the question has been raised once again.

It is not outside of the realms of possibility either. In the past, it was easy to dismiss it as Everton could not afford him.

Now, though, there is every chance that the Blues could stump up the cash to bring back their once prodigal son. So should they? It is a hard question to answer.

From a purely tactical point, the answer is no. He would not fit into the current system and is not better than Romelu Lukaku as the main striker. He could be used as a number ten but, once again, is he any better than Ross Barkley in that role? Arguably not.

The flip side of that argument is the England captain is a proven winner and could add some much-needed experience to this relatively inexperienced Everton squad. There is no accounting for what an experienced player can bring to a squad, just look at Gareth Barry, and Rooney certainly has something to offer in that regard.

In terms of money, it would take vast sums to bring Rooney back to Goodison Park, in both transfer fees and wages. In fact for the latter, the United man would have to accept a serious wage reduction on his £260,000-per-week pay packet.

In truth, Everton could likely bring in two or three players for what it would cost to bring him back.

Emotionally, only the staunchest of anti-Rooney Everton fans could say it would not be nice to see him make an emotional return and it is easy to imagine he would fancy it should his prospect at Old Trafford continue to look bleak.

For an Everton that is now ruled by the sensible heads of Farhad Moshiri and Ronald Koeman rather than the heart of Bill Kenwright, though, perhaps head will win over heart when it comes to Wayne Rooney.