I don't think I am complicating anything, actually. I want to see an overall improvement in the team. If that means changing someone's role, I don't have a problem with that. What I do have a problem with is the thinking that says a good player can only play one role and if he isn't first choice for that role then fuck him off to the bench, instead of thinking creatively about how the team might be improved overall by playing that player in a different role.redzebs wrote:swampash wrote:Dozer - I totally disagree with you.dozer wrote:Rooney's played in midfield quite a few times over the years and he's OK at best there. He's had a few good games occasionally but he's not a top midfielder.
So, Swampy, if we're getting a striker, Rooney must compete for the same role. Just like other players have to for their positions.
Like someone said, Angel Di Maria could move back to midfield. Depay and Young on the wings. Young has earned his place at least.
Di Maria is key next season. If he clicks we'll challenge for the title considering that he's always looking to do the ambitious, creative stuff. We know he'll get us a decent amount of assists even when he's at his worst.
Lets say we get Muller and Schweinsteiger for the sake of an argument. If LVG wants to play 4 3 3 with a false 9, then what is wrong with him trying Di Maria, Muller and Depay on top, with Rooney Schweinsteiger and Herrera in the midfield? Until it's tried you could not know in advance that it would not work. Rooney will always give a 100% and if he is given a clear and consistent role to play in midfield, I personally think he's a good enough footballer to carry it off.
You are over complicating it, just play Rooney as a nine with a decent midfield and good wide men and he'll bang them in.
Or you can just keep getting Phil Jones to take corners.
What the fuck is wrong with that?