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I’ve been spending far too much time trying to understand what’s happened to Rooney. Probably longer than Rooney or his manager has, in truth. But I’ve come to some conclusions.
The obvious first facet to the answer is that having been played in so many unnatural positions for so many years that he’s actually lost the simple instinct he was born with, that made him such a fearsome player. He’s a good honest pro, and when asked to do a job has always done it to the fullest of his ability or brain, which means forgetting or overriding what he would normally choose to do.
Managers and commentators have said much the same, such as not wanting to take what makes Rooney so special from him, including that desire to go Steven Gerrard and be everywhere doing everything.
The second clear facet is that he is much older. What we’re wanting to see is that young kid belting around, taking on shots that he’s no right to take on and seeing them fly into the top corner. That always departs with age and especially with injury. He has so much experience he’s naturally going to be picking options rather than just doing.
Third, he’s now captaining the side and indeed the entire club. That sense of responsibility means he’s going to be more aware of making the wrong decisions. By contrast, of those players with whom he’s compared (Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar, Hazard) none of them are regular captains. Those strings naturally inhibit him as a player.
My final thought is this. Since Rooney has lost that killer instinct and pace that he had as a younger, and is now established as the captain while still having a great deal of creativity and skill (far more than he is popularly credited with on these pages), I think he should probably be moving to that Pirlo role… pulling strings, sitting deep, captaining the side and contributing where he doesn’t inhibit the team. Anyway, just a thought…