Wayne Rooney: Unfulfilled talent and past his best? - originally posted on Soccerlens.comWhen 16 year old Wayne Rooney scored THAT goal against Arsenal in 2002, he was being lauded as the most exciting young player on the planet. He was going to be the man who would win England the World Cup, be the best player in the world and be the finest footballer ever to represent his country.
Just over a decade later, though, and Rooney has not lived up to these expectations and, in the eyes of many lately, is arguably past his peak.
At 27, Wayne Rooney should be in his absolute prime, but he seems to have lost a slight edge to his game these days. The genius that he once possessed and produced on a regular basis has now been replaced by a ruthless efficiency on the pitch.
When in the past he would’ve attempted to run at and beat three defenders he now looks happier playing the easy ball.
He used to be at the top of many people’s lists when it came to players you would pay to see play in th...