Everton are certainly in the midst of a revolution under Frank Lampard, who made great strides towards improving their defence and midfield over the summer.
The Sheffield-born striker has only had one truly standout season, where he scored 16 goals under Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure.
But even he would have to step aside were he to be fit if they could welcome back a prime version of the crown jewel of Everton academy graduates.
The 36-year-old could do it all, and throughout his career adapted to the needs of Sir Alex Ferguson. He was a mainstay throughout the great Scotsman’s success at Old Trafford, scoring everything from a tap-in to a volleyed screamer.
It is no surprise that he was dubbed “truly world-class” by his former manager.
As for the Toffees, they are truly lacking that perfect centre forward to knit together their whole squad.
When Maupay features they miss the physicality of Calvert-Lewin, but when he plays they miss the link-up play of the Frenchman.
In Rooney, it was all rolled into one perfect, powerful, and as journalist Tom Williams claimed “lethal”, striker.
Lampard could only dream of having a player of this calibre up front for his squad, and if he did, his side would surely be challenging at the other end of the table rather than the one they were last season.