It’s almost 14 years to the day since Wayne Rooney announced his arrival in the Premier League.
Then a fresh-faced 16-year-old scoring an unbelievable injury-time winner against Arsenal at Goodison Park, it wasn’t long before his move to Manchester United materialised.
Toffees fans did not accept the teenager going on to bigger and better things, even if he has since enjoyed a glittering career at Old Trafford. Fast forward those 14 years, and the Blues have won precisely nothing in that time.
In hindsight, the Merseyside faithful may be more accepting of Rooney, as he had little choice but to move on when United came calling.
And former Everton midfielder Leon Osman believes there’s a chance Rooney could even return to the club one day.
“It would not surprise me (Rooney going back),” Osman told Sky Sports‘ show ‘The Fantasy Football Club’.
“I think he has been mending bridges for a couple of seasons now and you know he is an Evertonian at heart.
“I am pretty sure he would love to come back and I hope it happens.”
With it looking more and more likely Rooney will quit United in the summer as Jose Mourinho can no longer guarantee him first team football, it’s expected that a number of MLS clubs will make a bid for him.
Yet, with a young family, it’s quite possible that he would rather stay in the Premier League if he can, and as a boyhood Everton fan, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising if he were to link up with Ronald Koeman at the end of the season. It’s definitely be interesting to see what reception he gets if it does happen.