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Earlier this season, Rooney tweeted the following:
With all of the hoopla surrounding Robin van Persie's extraordinary strike rate this season, one has to remember that he is playing in a position he has occupied for almost the entirety of his career.
Rooney, on the other hand, has played in his new-fangled central midfield role in a little over a dozen games.
When you put that in perspective, also taking into account the injuries he has suffered, he perhaps deserves a similar amount of praise as his teammate.
He has the highest assists per appearances percentage with seven in 12 starts in the Premier League, as well as seven goals to his name this term (via WhoScored.com).
Improvement has been noticeable over the past few months for Rooney.
At first he was susceptible to trying to do too much —attempting a few too many "Hollywood" long balls and defence-splitting through balls.
But he is learning every game where to make himself available for a pass, when to switch possession to the flanks and when to try and pick out Van Persie through or over the opposition back line.
It is a lot to ask a footballer to switch positions midway through his career, but if you were to ask it of anyone, Rooney would be that man.