'Major problem', 'Hinderance' - Everton fans slaughter summer signing after display v Brighton
By Aramide Oladipo
Everton supporters have expressed their anger towards summer signing Wayne Rooney on social media following his performance against Brighton on Sunday afternoon.
The 31-year-old rescued a point for the Toffees after converting a penalty in the last minute of the game in a 1-1 draw against the newly-promoted Premier League side.
Ronald Koeman’s side fell behind with under ten minutes to go as Anthony Knockaert opened the scoring for the hosts but Everton were awarded a penalty after defender Bruno fouled youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The result means that the Merseyside club have still failed to record a victory away from home in the Premier League this season.
Despite notching up his fourth goal of the campaign, Rooney received a considerable amount of criticism from the Everton faithful on social media for his overall performance.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Rooney sadly is also a major problem – Roy of the Rovers position doesn't exist in real football #efc
— Alex Harrington (@aharry79) October 15, 2017
Big Rooney fan, but he's a hindrance atm. Calvert-Lewin is not a winger. Too slow and predictable as usual. Indians must be loving this #EFC
— TheBanksOfTheMersey (@MichaelEFC_1878) October 15, 2017
Rooney and Sigurdsson front two is an utter nightmare
— Mike (@mikehEFC) October 15, 2017
Rooney looks completely uninterested
— Fitz EFC (@fitz_efc) October 15, 2017
Rooney is just pointless for us, too slow and always comes deep when up top, can't hold the ball up, sigurdsson is a better no 10..
— EcclesEFC (@eccles_efc) October 15, 2017
"Rooney rescues a point at Brighton.." says it all. Just not good enough #EFC
— David John Bignall (@dbignall85) October 15, 2017
To those of you that was buzzing when we got Rooney back. all I can say is I've said it from the start he's washed up
— CRAIG JONES EFC (@CJONESEFC) October 15, 2017
I don't understand why Rooney is on the field #EFC
— Andrew P (@rpcdrag0n) October 15, 2017
The last minute strike means that the former England international is currently the club’s leading goalscorer this season.
The Toffees have only scored five goals in the league this season and Rooney has notched up three of them.
Koeman will be hopeful that his side to bounce back when they welcome Lyon to Goodison Park in the Europa League in midweek.
In other Everton news, the club are reportedly lining up a move for this Newcastle United senior man.