In the last few weeks Wayne Rooney’s future at Manchester United has been in doubt.
He was left out of one of the biggest games of United’s season when the Red Devils played Real Madrid in the Champions League.
This led to speculation that Rooney would be moving on this summer with the likes of nouvre riche clubs PSG and Anzhi favourites with the bookies to sign the England international.
PSG’s sporting director Leonardo has denied that the club made a bid for the England striker in the summer, but has described Rooney as ‘one of the best players in the world’. I can see the French outfit coming in with a bid for the striker in the summer.
However, Wayne Rooney is still an important player at Manchester United, despite Robin van Persie seemingly taking over as number one striker at Old Trafford. Rooney’s ego must have been damaged by being left out of the starting line-up against Real.
For the last couple of seasons Wayne Rooney has been the main man at Manchester United. Since Van Persie’s arrival he has slightly taken a backseat and it appears that he is less important to the Manchester United cause.
Rooney’s determination makes him vital to the Manchester United’s team. Even when he isn’t playing well he will give his all for the team. Whatever position he plays in he works hard for the team. He is the ultimate team player.
They say that all geniuses are flawed. Wayne Rooney is the closest thing that England have had to a football genius since Paul Gascoigne. Like Gascoigne, Rooney has his flaws. Gazza’s flaws are mostly off-the-pitch and have been documented. Hopefully he will get over his demons.
With Wayne Rooney it’s the other way round. The 27 year-old seems to be a relatively quiet guy off the pitch, but when he gets on the pitch he doesn’t seem to be able to control his temper.
The England international has matured slightly in recent years, but there is still that little red devil that sits on his shoulder when he enters a football field that he can’t seem to control.
Rooney has enjoyed a quiet season for yellow cards and hopefully it is a sign that Wayne Rooney is maturing as a footballer.
Some say that Rooney’s such a good player because he has that edge. That’s what makes him different from normal players. It’s his will to win that drives him on and without his fiery temperament he wouldn’t be the same player.
Despite his tendency to combust Wayne Rooney is the most naturally gifted English footballer of his generation. When he broke through into the first team at Everton his potential was there for all to see.
Rooney has ability that few English players have in modern day football. He doesn’t just score goals he provides and can play killer passes for his teammates. This ability will probably mean Rooney drops further back on the field later in his career.
The one thing that must even disappoint Rooney himself is his international career thus far. He has underachieved in international football, since bursting onto the scene at Euro 2004 he has disappointed for England.
Injuries have hampered his participation in the big tournaments with the Three Lions. He has cost England at big international tournaments and before tournaments because of ill-discipline.
I think it’s fair to say that he hasn’t lived up to his reputation at international level. At 27 he still has time to achieve something with England, but it will be difficult.
I have no doubts that Wayne Rooney will be in the starting line-up later today as United host Reading at Old Trafford. The disappointment of being left out against Real Madrid will make Rooney even more determined to hit top form.
Some people are already writing off Wayne Rooney’s career and saying that he is finished. If I know anything about the England international then the critics will just spur him on to reach a higher level of performance.
Whether he will ever reach his potential remains to be seen, but Wayne Rooney is far from finished.
Has Wayne Rooney really fulfilled his potential?