I disagree, I think Rooney can fill that role. Given more freedom he can be every bit as influential as Ronaldo.
Apples and Oranges, Lampard links defense and attack with is wide range of passing, dribbling is not apart of Lampard's game. You are severely underestimating Rooney's abilities. As for him looking like **** on the wing, I'm not sure what you were watching. Time and time again he proved most useful out wide, negating the opposition's attacking wide players with his tenacity and his ability to go forward. He was probably too useful out wide, as he was forced to play out there instead of his natural forward position because he was so good there.Originally Posted by Crazy_Ivan
We are going to have to agree to disagree regarding Rooney. His talent is undeniable, sometimes he is too unselfish. If given Ronaldo's free role he will be unleashed.
What? Superb pass or cross? Ronaldo is a fantastic talent and while he used his teammates more often as time went on, I never saw consistent "superb" passes and crosses. Again the biggest loss we'll see is the goal scoring, you bring up last year. 18 league goals but he also missed more games than two seasons ago and was not himself at the beginning of the year. Again, I argue that his goal scoring will be most difficult to replace because he was so ruthless in front of goal especially against the weaker teams. Rooney while talented isn't not the clinical finisher than Ronaldo is, I do think however than he can be more of a creator. His vision for the pass and his willingness to pass far surpasses Ronaldo's, sometimes too much.Originally Posted by Crazy_Ivan