Wayne Rooney is looking forward to Monday night.
The Everton striker looking for his first goal in four and a half months.
Rooney scored his 15th Premier League goal [his highest against any club] against Newcastle United on 13 December, a horrific mistake by Karl Darlow gifting the only goal of the game. Newcastle undeservedly losing after being by far the better team and hitting the woodwork twice.
Five days later Wayne Rooney scored in a 3-1 home victory over Swansea, making it an impressive 10 PL goals before Christmas.
However, he hasn’t scored since that Swansea match, 18 weeks ago.
The former England captain has even found himself dropped to the bench four times under Sam Allardyce.
Rooney says that Everton ‘know it will be a tough game’ against Newcastle but that, unsurprisingly considering his goalscoring record: ‘I enjoy playing against Newcastle, home and away.’
The scousers have spent over £180m on transfer fees in the past 10 months, as well as taking on a massive wage bill when Rooney moved from Old Trafford.
A win for Newcastle would leave them two points clear of Everton and with a game in hand, the Toffees only having three games left to play. Rafa’s team would then be massive favourites to upset the odds and finish above the Goodison outfit.
Newcastle have only won once at Goodison Park in the Premier League since 2001, a brilliant Hatem Ben Arfa goal winning the game in September 2010.
The Magpies are due another victory and with the form they are in, Rafa’s players could make it five wins in a row.
Wayne Rooney talking to the official Everton site:
“Newcastle is an important game.
“[Even] If you take the league position out of it, there is importance for us in terms of what we want to do in the next four games.
“We feel capable of winning each game – that is the target for us and we want to start on Monday.
“We know Newcastle are in good form, they have done well in the past few weeks and picked up wins and got lots of points, so we know it will be a tough game.
“We want to try to end the season well and finish on as many points as we can and this is the start of those last four games.
“It’s important we don’t let any complacency creep in and stay focused on these games and try to win them.
“I enjoy playing against Newcastle, home and away.
“My goalscoring record against them is very good and hopefully that will continue on Monday.
“They are in a good run of form but hopefully we can stop that run and get ourselves a victory.
“If I got to 100 [away goals] it would be great too, but I’ve never really looked at records, they’ve come along and only then do I look at them.”
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