Decline, what decline?
Wayne Rooney’s return to boyhood club Everton has recharged his inner drive to ensure his legacy as a once in a generation player.
In his first game back in Toffee blue, England’s all-time top scorer scored a magnificent goal reminiscent of his first ever professional goal – you know the one, Arsenal, 25 yards, David Seaman’s ponytail.
Now Rooney has added to his strike against Gor Mahia with a second pre-season goal in three games.
The 31-year-old connected with a fizzing cross from fellow new signing Sandro Ramirez to put Everton 1-0 up against Belgian side Genk.
Watch the goal here…
The defending leaves a bit to be desired but that’s lovely finish.
And how about his pace and desire to get in the box? Vintage Rooney.
Merseysiders will be pleased with Sandro’s involvement – the former Malaga and Barcelona forward enjoyed a tremendous season last term and was wanted by several European clubs.
It is still unclear which roles Ronald Koeman has in mind for both Rooney and Sandro but this early sign of a mutual understanding bodes well.
Unfortunately not all the new recruits impressed.
Cuco Martina was at fault for Genk’s equaliser ten minutes after the restart.
The Curacao defender’s header fell into the path of Mbwana Samatta who then fired low past Maarten Stekelenburg.
Still, Rooney’s pre-season form is enough to warm even the stoniest of hearts.
Perhaps even a few Liverpool fans would enjoy a renaissance of fortunes? No? Okay then.