Wayne Rooney should be getting into the box more, says Sam Allardyce

Rooney appeared annoyed at being substituted in the Merseyside derby

Rooney appeared annoyed at being substituted in the Merseyside derby Mike Egerton PA

And it appears more outgoings than incomings will be on the cards at Goodison Park when the transfer window reopens.

There has been no summit between Allardyce and Rooney this week, just the normal interaction between... All three of those players I substituted last week.

'We're all right, no problem, ' he said.

Sam Allardyce brushed off the taunts of Everton fans who turned on him during the 1-1 Premier League draw at Swansea. Like there's no problem with Yannick Bolasie and there's no problem with Tom Davies there's no problem with Wayne Rooney.

"You're asking players to be angels".

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was called into action several times before Everton scored against the run of play after 43 minutes when Swansea defender Kyle Naughton put through his own net.

"With his experience he should be dropping deeper and providing goals but I do think he should get into the box more", said the Everton manager, whose team travel to Swansea on Saturday.

"It's a team game and you make a decision on the day to try and help the team to get a victory and we did that by three substitutions".

Rooney was not the only Everton player to struggle, with winger Bolasie's substitution shortly afterwards greeted by cheers.

The 28-year old DR Congo worldwide ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in December of 2016, which sidelined him for a year.

It's taken Yannick a little bit longer to get in his stride, on the reverse of that it hasn't taken Seamus Coleman quite as long.

Allardyce added: "We've only got Wayne in double figures and that's because of penalties".

But there has been unease about the style of play during his reign and, after being second best at Swansea for most of a frantic encounter, they have now won only once in eight away games.

'You're meeting a team head on on Saturday who are needing points to avoid the drop and the crowd come to get behind them so we have to be at our best.

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