'Ponderous' - Martin Keown has serious questions of Everton squad selection
By Abigail Withey
BT Sport pundit Martin Keown wants to know whether Everton summer signing Wayne Rooney feels like he’s playing under former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal again.
The 31-year-old secured an equalising goal for the Toffees against Apollon Limassol on Thursday during their second group stage clash in the Europa League.
Keown has delivered a blow for Blues boss Ronald Koeman after his side’s recent 2-2 draw against the Cyrpiot outfit as the former Arsenal player has compared him to Rooney’s ex-United manager.
Van Gaal took over from David Moyes at Old Trafford in May 2014 and spent two seasons at the club before he was sacked and replaced by current boss Jose Mourinho.
“It would have been interesting to speak to Wayne Rooney after the final whistle, does he almost now feel like he’s playing for van Gaal?” Keown said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
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“Is he back to the Manchester United-looking team that he played for just a couple of seasons ago?
“Because it was slow, they were ponderous and I’m looking at Koeman and wondering is he using the best players at his disposal?
“Mirallas and Lookman on the bench, they’re good runners with the ball.”
Rooney returned to Goodison Park after 13 years at United, but has seen little success since pulling on the Everton jersey.
Since his summer transfer, the former England skipper has featured in 12 games across all competitions for the Toffees where he has secured three goals and a single assist.
Koeman’s side will look ahead to their upcoming Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon, as the Merseyside outfit host Burnley at Goodison Park and hope to replicate last weekend’s success over Bournemouth.
In other Everton news, a Sky Sports pundit has predicted the Toffees’ upcoming clash against Burnley.