Everton fans are again wondering which direction their team is heading after another poor result away from home in the English Premier League this weekend.
The Toffees travelled to Watford on Saturday looking to pick up a vital victory but failed to produce a convincing performance and were eventually punished by Troy Deeney, who secured a 1-0 win for his side.
Pressure is growing on Sam Allardyce with supporters frustrated by his team selection and tactics, many believing they are far too negative and unambitious.
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Players haven’t been exempt of criticism either and one of the players receiving more stick than most is Wayne Rooney.
The former Man United man has been deployed in a deeper midfield role this season and fans aren’t convinced it’s working out, with his performance against Watford particularly poor.
Should Allardyce look to move him further forward in the closing months of the season?
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
I think every #EFC fan was glad to have Rooney back,but it appears he’s left his balls in a locker in old trafford. Shoulda sold him to a club in China for £100 mil last transfer window. He shows no desire to be out on the pitch
— FrustratedFan (@SchneiderErnie) February 25, 2018
If Wayne Rooney really does think his future lies in a deep-lying midfield role he will have to do a lot better there than he did yesterday – gave the ball away 17 times, made only one tackle and was at fault for the goal #efc
— Paul Brown (@pbsportswriter) February 25, 2018
It’s something I’ve noticed in his game for a long time – the amount of time he needlessly gives the ball away. Even when his passes are completed he has a habit of being wildly inaccurate with them putting the receiving player under pressure.
— Forsh (@forsh1984) February 25, 2018
Should NEVER have brought him back, he's past it…but I'm not being critical as it's not allowed
— Darthbluenose (@darthbluenose) February 25, 2018
He’s not the player he once was. He needs to realise this
— Robert (@RobNolan76) February 25, 2018
Thinking he can give the ball to the likes of Keane/Williams when they have about half a yard of space doesn't help him neither. Playing with peak Rio Ferdinand days are gone.
— Big Samuel's Blue and White Army (@BlueDanEFC) February 25, 2018
This should be the “Pirlo moment” of Rooney’s career but even with time and space, his distribution is so often just awful. It’s almost like he can’t see beyond 10 yards sometimes
— Lyndon Lloyd (@Everton1an) February 24, 2018
Wayne Rooney playing in the midfield yesterday
Gave the ball away 17 times , made 1 tackle and gave the ball away for the goal , anyone try’s telling me he’s not finished needs putting in a straight jacket
— stephen smith (@60grand60grand) February 25, 2018
@mikeparry8 rooney broke all records as a number 9,,why in gods name is he still not a number 9………baffled.com…law or best or shearer or lineker etc never dropped back to midfield so why the heck should rooney?
— James mcbride (@Jamesmc76437071) February 24, 2018