Wayne Rooney – Fantasy Football Potential

After spending 13 distinguished seasons at Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney has retraced his steps to his boyhood club, Everton. Now a legend of the game, having won everything there is to win at club football with Manchester United, he has chosen to move back to Merseyside.

Needless to say this move is all about Wayne Rooney proving his critics wrong and making them eat their own words. Can he do it?

Fantasy Football Potential

Wayne Rooney has scored 253 times – a club record – in 559 appearances and he is also England’s record goal scorer having scored 53 goals in 119 appearances to date. Rooney has managed to end with double figures in goals in every season, except last season.

In the 2016/17 campaign, he played 25 Premier League games for Manchester United, making 15 starts, scoring 5 times and bagging 5 assists during that time. In total he played for 1,540 minutes, which is his lowest since he moved from Everton to the Reds.

Rooney played 36 key passes in total, while accounting for 656 accurate passes, amounting to an 84% pass completion. He had 19 shots on target, 13 successful dribbles, 11 tackles and 17 interceptions during the course of the season.

He fits best in a team playing just behind the central striker, as he can effectively hold the ball up, benefitting pacey wingers or poachers playing off of him. Within the United team he struggled to nail down a spot and fell afoul of critics, this season will be one where he will need to put that behind him and prove them wrong.

Priced at 7.5m he has his price much lowered from earlier seasons. Also, since Lukaku is now off to Manchester United, there’s a high chance of Wayne Rooney picking up much more game time than he got last season at Old Trafford. A fine prospect for a cheaper 3rd forward.

If you have enjoyed this early view of the fantasy potential of those moving teams this transfer window, be sure to check the others here.

Written by DevDeep Dutta (@devdeepdcube)

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