One of the positive things about Everton’s acquisition of Wayne Rooney is that there was never a doubt he would immediately become one of the Blues’ most vocal leaders. His experience as captain of England and Manchester United contribute to that, as do his numerous on-field exploits.
Rooney’s first public volley regarding a teammate has surfaced, and it relates to the pending departure of Ross Barkley. Everton’s new number 10 wants his fellow boyhood Blue to stay at Goodison Park, saying:
With the ability that Ross has, of course we all want him to be a part of what we're trying to achieve at Everton.
He can help us get better but the decision about his future is down to him.
I'm sure he will speak to the manager and do what's right for him.
Barkley, 23, was once on a similar trajectory to Rooney. Everton bred, the Merseyside midfielder possesses buckets of raw talent, and looked set to be a legend on the blue side of Stanley Park.
Only in the past few months has it all come apart for Ross - his contractual desires are not in line with his actual value, and he wants Champions League football. Where Barkley can get it remains to be seen, and it’s likely that Everton remains the best fit for his ability. Will Wayne Rooney’s words take hold?