Everton manager Ronald Koeman refused to rule out a summer move for Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney but is currently not thinking about "what will happen at the end of the season". Rooney's time at Old Trafford looks set to come to an end in the summer and the Toffees are interested in bringing the 31-year-old back to Goodison Park. Koeman signalled his interest in signing Rooney earlier in the season and did little to quash speculation surrounding a move on Thursday (23 February) but the former Barcelona legend is currently focusing on more pressing matters, like his side's game against struggling Sunderland on Saturday.
A physically-oriented, hard-working midfield is something we're in real need of against Everton. After the four-nil home loss to Southampton, it became clear that our defense is far too strained and lacking in quality to deal with repeated onslaughts from potent attacking threats in this division. The worry going into this week's fixture is that Everton are far more formidable going forward than Southampton were, with the Toffees having scored twelve more league goals this season than the saints - who are, admittedly, no slouches in attack. Sunderland, therefore, will need to take some of the heat off the back-line if they are to contain Everton when they visit Goodison Park on Saturday. Winning
With no FA Cup match to play, Everton players and staff spent the recent break in Dubai training, bonding, and possibly drinking. They return to league play this weekend against a manager who knows Goodison Park as well as anyone, David Moyes. Unfortunately for the Scot, his team is crap. Sunderland aren’t just 20th in the league table, they are dead last in shot difference (shots taken minus shots conceded), shot on target difference, and last or second-to-last in expected goal difference, depending on whose model you use. According to Michael Caley’s model, they’ve out-xG’ed an opponent by a margin of 0.5 or more in just one match this season. In short, they are almost always second best at