Friday, 28 February 2014

Why Rooney's new contract deal makes United look bad:

Hello again everyone and welcome to my latest blog post, where I have a brief review of Wayne Rooney's new £300,000-a-week contract deal which has been recently signed by Manchester United in an effort by manager David Moyes to keep hold of the English striker until 2019. 

Bumper deal: Rooney has signed a new lucrative contract deal worth 300k-a-week
Based on money? Questions over Rooney's loyalty to the club, despite signing a new contract

Big money: Rooney is now the highest-paid player in the EPL at the moment

I will be talking about why his new contract makes United look bad, weak, vulnerable and will mean that the team overall could lose respect from fellow teams for giving into a players' demands regardless of his talent and quality. 

Now I am not for one minute disputing the fact that Rooney is a world-class player, one of the best in the EPL and is reaching his peak where he can adapt to play in 5 or 6 different positions on the pitch (ST, CF, CAM, RAM, CM, CDM,) - yet having said that this is the second time that Rooney has threatened to leave United unless he received higher wages.

  • Rooney previously said that the club lacked ambition in 2010-11 season, admitting he could go to rivals City
  • There are constant rumours surrounding the future of United's first-team players as the team continues to decline this season
  • If United had not offered Rooney more wages, he would have left the club and probably have left to a rival who would have given him higher wages
  • The fact that they gave him £300,000-a-week shows their reluctance to sell one of their best players and most prized possession since his move from youth club Everton in 2004.
Talented but over-rated: There was a lot of hype over Rooney, people were surprised at how good he looked

Familiar sight: Rooney was signed in 2004 from Everton, with Moyes in charge
  • It sends a message to fellow teams that United can be easily exploited in the future with transfer fees higher than actual cost amounts for players (if United are desperate to sign someone, they will do their best to, regardless of the fee)
  • This is the second time that the club has allowed Rooney to badmouth the side and get away with it, no fine or reprimand - gets a pay rise!
We know that he is a good player and all, but I seriously don't think that his recent performances warrant a pay rise of this latitude. He is virtually the carrier of the England national team, simply because he is so vital to attacks and knows how to track back when needed, but if he played for a team like Spain or Germany he would have to work hard for his place in the team - whereas England need him to be their talisman and he is one of the first players on the starting line-up (because he is vital to the team, even off-form)

One of the highest-paid players in the world, he isn't exactly going to reject the contract - but it just shows the influence of player power in the world of football now. He works hard for the team, can adapt to different positions but is not at the same level as Iniesta, Messi and Ronaldo for example (players who get the same if not lower wages as he does!) so why is he getting a new contract? Interesting... 

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