By Laura O'Leary

30th Nov, 2017 | 7:39pm

Unsworth: Everton ace would be a 'major influence' if played here

David Unsworth has revealed that he believes Wayne Rooney would be best utilised in a deeper role at Everton, despite watching the star score a hat-trick against West Ham.

In an interview with the official club website, the caretaker manager was in high spirits, despite it being his last game in charge, as he watched his side beat the Hammers 4-0.

Rooney scored a hat-trick against West Ham to ensure the Toffees got all three points, with one of his goals being scored from the halfway line.

However, even though the 32-year-old was in top goalscoring form, Unsworth believes new Everton boss Sam Allardyce should play him in a deeper role to get the best out of him.

“Wayne could have a major influence from a deeper role,” revealed the 44-year-old before sharing the reasons behind his opinion.

“He has a wonderful football brain; he will take the ball in any area.”

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Rooney’s hat-trick brought his goal tally up to up to eight, across all competitions, which matches the total number of goals he scored for Manchester United last season.

The win against West Ham saw Everton move up four places in the league to 13th, where they are now five points clear of the relegation zone.

The Toffees are next in action against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, with the game expected to be Allardyce’s first in charge of the club.

In other Everton news, former Toffees midfielder Leon Osman has delivered his verdict on the expected appointment of Allardyce.

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