The back page headlines in many a tabloid newspaper today will tell you in no uncertain terms that Wayne Rooney is going to follow Sir Alex Ferguson out the door at Man Utd. Reports suggest that Rooney has been unhappy with losing his place up front in the Utd team, and a request to be transfer listed 2 weeks ago was rejected by the club. With our own strikers continuing to contribute their miserly returns in front of goals, an out and out goalscorer is priority number one for most Chelsea fans. Could Wayne Rooney really be the answer?
If the rumours are true, it will be a remarkable turn of events. When Rooney first handed in a transfer request in Oct 2010, he cited the lack of desire shown by the club as his main reason for wishing to leave. With Utd capturing the signatures of Dortmund player of the year Shinji Kagawa and Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie during last summer’s transfer window, Rooney certainly can’t use a lack of desire to excuse his desire to leave. No, Rooney’s main issue in this instance is that he is no longer the leading man at Man Utd. Rooney plays second fiddle to Van Persie, and he’s visibly unhappy about it.
Whether Man Utd would sell a player of Rooney’s status to us is one thing, but the question of should we buy him is another issue entirely. Fernando Torres has played well in recent months, but his goal return is simply unacceptable. Similarly, Demba Ba was an absolute steal from Newcastle and excellent value for money. What he is not is the main striker in a team looking to challenge domestically and in Europe. Chelsea are crying out for proven goalscorer. We could do worse.
With Mata, Oscar and Hazard playing behind Rooney as the focal point of our attacks, it is not unreasonable to suggest that the goals would be far more free-flowing. Wayne Rooney is a 25 goal a season striker, given the right team. It might not be pretty, and it might not be what we want. There’s certainly every chance that this could never happen.
None of that means it doesn’t make sense…