there's been many forwards who have that frustrating quality to go on scoring runs then nothing for game after game, who still score many goals a season but aren't the most consitent a- goal every two games all year round types. takes all sorts for a team, but with the guy's who have runs of goals here and there it's so frustrating to watch them when they're having a barren spell knowing what they can do.reddwarf said:I certainly hope so.
I was predicting great things from Rooney last season but he never really got going. His injuries were probably a big factor in that.
The problem for Rooney in previous seasons is that he tended to go on scoring runs followed by sizeable non-scoring droughts. Consistency is always the key for young players, and Rooney still is a young player. If he can maintain his goal scoring form on a consistent basis then combined with his unbelieveable all-round ability he has the potential to be one of THE great players.
True, but last season Ronaldo would score in 3 games in a row, then not score for 1 or 2 games, then score in a few games in a row, then not score for a couple etc.scottsati said:there's been many forwards who have that frustrating quality to go on scoring runs then nothing for game after game,
Thats a brilliant post, it highlights everything! That suspension was particularly frustrating!!TheManc said:I think he definately has the potential too.
What a lot of people outside Manutd don't realise is that last season while Ronaldo scored virtually every chance he got, Rooney missed atleast 80% of his.
He needs to improve his finishing, or to be more precise, be more consistant with it. How many times have we seen Rooney have a bad game, then have one chance 1 on 1 with the Keeper only for Rooney to miss?
For me thats the difference between the two. Ronaldo has that killer instinct, Rooney, at the moment, does not.
Also I think Rooney needs a run of games where he is fit and playing well without getting injured.
At Euro 2004 he was brilliant, scoring goals, setting them then what happens? He gets injured.
In 2006 he plays brilliantly, scoring goals, setting them up again ect then what happens? He breaks his foot vs Chelsea - season over.
In 2007 vs Fulham he was absolutely incredible - then he missed 3 games because of a stupid suspension - his momentum stopped.
Then after 15+ games without a goal he goes on a goal scoring run, which really pushed us that final step in 07 to the title.
Last season in pre season and vs Reading he was looking leaner than ever and everyone thought it was his year, then what happens? He breaks his foot again.
Then when he comes back he goes on another goal scoring run, scoring in 7 competitive games or something like that, then he does his ligaments playing football tennis at training - again his momentum was stopped.
Its getting too repetitive. What Rooney needs is a for right now to be able to play the next 20 games without injury or suspension.
If we look at the different attributes of Rooney and Ronaldo, Ronaldo's are more physical. Taller, quicker, more agile ect wheras Rooney's game involves using his brain, similar to Paul Scholes (who has the best footballing brain at the club). That doesn't mean Rooney isn't good physically - he's a beast, but obviously he is fairly useless in the air and although he's quick, he lacks that lightening pace that players like Ronaldo, Torres, Eto'o ect have.
I've always said that Rooney has the potential to be the best player in the world. Better than Ronaldo, better than Messi, better than Kaka - everyone. He just needs to iron a few things out.
Note aswell that few players actually live up to there potential. The biggest example is Totti. Great player, one of the best in Serie A, but he had the potential to be in the elite group of players, who, for whatever reason, he's failed to 'join'.
I feel I may have rambled on here about nothing but oh well, its late.
Good question abo.abojodeh said:is Rooney the world cups qualifiers top goal scorer atm ?