By Danny Wright
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has warned Wayne Rooney that he will place him on the transfer list if he finds himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons again, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Rooney, 31, was charged for drink driving earlier this week, leading the Goodison Park manager to show that he won’t take the matter lightly with a big fine also lined up.
The report says that as well as facing the drastic action of being placed on the transfer list, the ex-Manchester United forward will likely be fined two weeks wages, which amounts to roughly £300,000, after his rocky start to life back on Merseyside.
It is understood that Koeman was wise to the summer signing’s drinking habits before he put pen-to-paper with the Toffees and made it clear that there will be no more “antics” during his return to Merseyside.
Since making his return to Everton in July, senior player Rooney has already made seven appearances across all competitions for his boyhood club, scoring two goals in the process against Stoke and Manchester City.
After his good start to the season on the pitch, it’s unlikely that Koeman will consider dropping the former England international when they return to Premier League action against Tottenham on Saturday.
Football Insider Verdict
Rooney has had a good start to life back on Merseyside but he can’t go about ruining it already with his actions away from the pitch. The former Manchester United forward has been widely praised for his professionalism in recent seasons and he can’t go about tarnishing his reputation now that he is reaching the back end of what has been a glittering career. Rooney is without doubt one of the most important players at Goodison Park and Koeman’s failure to land a talismanic striker to replace Romelu Lukaku means that the ex-England international may have to step up to the mark this term. Everton fans will be disappointed by this news but Rooney can win their trust back by focusing on matters on the pitch from now on.
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