Ever since Wayne Rooney decided to hand over penalty taking duties to Robin Van Persie the interweb has been awash with praise for the striker for having the sense and humility to admit his record has now become so bad, it’s time to let someone else have a go.
Rooney has missed nine out of 28 penalties, a record that would make even the likes of Chris Waddle and Gareth Southgate blush so it’s come as no surprise the England striker has given his duties to one of the best finishers in world football. Well done Wazza eh? Well I’m sorry but no, I don’t agree. Yes, Rooney’s record is awful and simply nowhere near good enough for any top class forward, but is that really the attitude we want from a player who’s been labelled as ‘world class’ for more or less the last decade?
Rooney could have looked at his penalties and thought “I know, I’ll practice more, I’ll study the ones I missed and where it went wrong. I’m penalty taker for Manchester United, I want goals, this is my job and I’m not handing it over.”
But no instead Rooney simply said, “scoring from 12 yards is beyond me, let someone else do it,” which is a bit disappointing from a player who despite his flaws always seems to give it his all.
When Cristiano Ronaldo missed the biggest penalty of his career do you think he suddenly didn’t want to take them anymore? No, it made him seemingly more determined, after his big money move to Madrid, even having a barney with Xabi Alonso in one game over the chance to take a spot kick.
Rooney is supposed to be world class and if he is, he should be working on his game proving his detractors wrong and not giving up his penalty duties without a fight. Heck, even Jermaine Defoe doesn’t like to have spot kicks taken away from him no matter how many he misses. Had Sir Alex taken the spot kicks away from Rooney I wouldn’t have any complaints, but for the former Everton man to simply hand them over, seems for me a bit defeatist and not what I’d expect or desire from a player of Rooney’s calibre.
Am I being too harsh on Rooney, has he done the right thing or is there some value to my ramblings? Answers on a brick through the usual window please, or comment below :