Wayne Rooney has hailed the influence of new manager Sam Allardyce as Everton have turned their Premier League campaign around and despite some hiccups, he feels the club are now looking up.
Sitting just two points behind Burnley in seventh place in the table, it’s a marked turnaround from the position we were in when Allardyce arrived as Ronald Koeman’s replacement as we were just two points ahead of the drop zone prior to the victory over West Ham.
Despite that improvement clearly our away form continues to be an issue, and Rooney told the Official Site that everyone in the camp was determined to start righting that away record when we face Watford this weekend at Vicarage Road.
‘We have obviously got better results since Sam came in. Our home form has been very good and it is now about whether we can sort out our away form.’
The 32-year-old went on to acknowledge the work of Allardyce and his backroom team in tightening us up at the back as he knows that the foundation we’ve built on to move up the table.
‘At the start to the season, the fixtures were very tough. We were conceding too many goals. It was my first few games back and it was tough to put my finger on why that was happening. We had to get it together quickly or otherwise we would have been fighting relegation – and it would have been tough to get out of that.’
With eleven goals to his name following his return from Manchester United, he is our top scorer and he spoke again about having options to go abroad but the former Academy graduate wanted to return home and taste success.
‘I knew that coming back to Everton was more pressure – that’s what I wanted. I wanted to prove myself again to the Everton fans and to try to help this club move forward and win silverware. I think it was the perfect fit for me and hopefully in the next two or three years we can do that.’
With him taking up a deeper role, he felt that suited him moving forward.
‘The one thing which stays is my attitude to playing, my attitude to win, but of course, you change and adapt your game and that’s what I feel I’ve done over the last few years. Two years ago, I thought my best position to play was midfield, and that’s starting to happen now.’