Wayne Rooney has become the second player in English football history to score 200 Premier League goals.
Only ex-Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer, who leads the all-time Premier League goal scorers with 260 has scored more than Rooney.
The 200th league goal came as Rooney opened the scoring in the first half against Manchester City, slotting the ball past keeper Ederson in the 35th minute. However, Everton was unable to seal the victory as City’s Raheem Sterling equalized late, resulting in a 1-1 draw.
Rooney has made a dream start in his return to boyhood club Everton, thirteen years after leaving to join Manchester United.
It’s the second game in a row that Rooney has found the back of the net, scoring the winner against Stoke last week in his first game back at Goodison Park.
At the age of 9, Rooney joined the Everton youth team and then made his debut for the senior side at 16. He spent two seasons at Everton before moving to Old Trafford in 2004. He became a club legend, scoring a club record 253 goals in 559 games, winning the Premier League five times, the FA Cup and Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup in his time at the club. He left United as one of the greats of the club but returns to Everton repay the club that gave him his start in professional football.
Rooney is now part of a new look Everton line-up, following a summer transfer period of big spending, which saw an abundance of talent added to the squad.
The sale of Romelu Lukaku for £75 million ($121 million) left Everton manager Ronald Koeman with plenty of options to bring in new players and he has definitely not held back.
The signing of Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson in a club record deal for £45 million ($73 million) along with Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford £25 million ($40 million), Burnley Defender Michael Keane £25 million (40 million), AJAX Captain Davy Klaassen £24 million ($39 million) and Malaga Centre-Forward Sandro Ramirez £5 million ($8 million) are some of the big money moves that have been made in an attempt to be more competitive with the top teams in the Premier League.
After 7th, 11th, 11th, 5th and 6th place finishes over the last five seasons, Everton will now look to challenge for higher positions on the table that have historically been held by the powerhouse clubs.
Despite bringing in replacements for the loss of Lukaku, the departing player has been the clubs top goal scorer in the last four seasons and there is no denying he will be a greatly missed. Interestingly enough, the last remaining player in the Everton squad to top score in a season was, in fact, Wayne Rooney. Whether or not Everton are better off with Rooney and without Lukaku remains to be seen, all that is certain is Rooney has started off his fairy tale return on a good note.