Wayne Rooney: World-class midfielder in the making

Manchester United opinion: Wayne Rooney's best years are ahead of him

Sam Owen
Published 04/29/2013 14:23 by Sam Owen, read by 4,366 people.

Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene for Everton in 2002, scoring "that" goal against Arsenal to end the Gunners 30-match unbeaten Premier League run.

Since then, he has continued to dazzle us with his incredible talent and all-action approach to the beautiful game and has grown into one of the finest players in world football, becoming a serial winner along the way.

However, there is still a sense of unfulfilled potential in the eyes of supporters and pundits alike.

Rooney has lately become second fiddle and understudy to one Robin van Persie. He was left on the bench in United's biggest game of the season, at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals, something which would have been previously unheard of.

He still oozes talent but has lost the gusto and intensity, which he normally provided in abundance. You may be wondering, at the age of 27 and what are supposed to be his prime years as a footballer, why is Rooney's career stagnating at Old Trafford? 

The answer is simple: Rooney needs a new challenge to rekindle the spark that has evidently left him. That challenge could be the transfer away from Manchester United, one which is of increasing speculation. For instance, a move to PSG could provide the change of scenery to restore his competitive edge. After a decade of success at Manchester United this would certainly be a sour end to his time at Old Trafford. He would also be moving to a league with less quality.

On reflection, a move away from the Premier League would be detrimental to his legacy. Rooney needs a complete overhaul of his game. A transition from his original striker birth to a Paul Scholes-like role in midfield may be the transformation he needs to re-energise his career, whilst remaining with the Red Devils.

Rooney has an all-round game which means he can play most positions to a high level, but what makes the attacking-midfield position particularly suited to him, is his vision. He is also one of the best exponents of the long, raking pass - a fact Aston Villa know all too well.

Rooney's energy and physicality will compliment Michael Carrick in midfield and the vacant No. 10 position can be given to Shinji Kagawa, a player gifted with a degree in finesse. This would essentially solve United's midfield problem and greatly improve the balance of the side.

The embarkation on his new role in midfield and the second half of his career could provide the fresh impetus Rooney needs to return to his rampant self and finally fulfil his potential in all of our eyes.  


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