Barcelona Transfer News: Adding Wayne Rooney Would Make Offense Unstoppable

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Barcelona Transfer News: Adding Wayne Rooney Would Make Offense Unstoppable
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Barcelona has never had a problem adding the most talented players in the world to its roster. Despite making big moves already this summer, another major name has surfaced in connection to the club.

Neymar has yet to play a second for the Spanish club, but he is already requesting personnel moves. According to Sky Sports, the midfielder said he would like to play with Wayne Rooney:

The style of football Barcelona play and the level of the players we have - we are the perfect club for the top players to join.

Wayne is one of the most gifted and technical players in the world. Of course he would improve Barcelona. He would improve any club in Europe. And on a personal level, it would be a dream to play with him.

Rooney put in a transfer request with Sir Alex Ferguson shortly before the end of the regular season and is looking to move on from Manchester United. According to Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph, the player will meet with manager David Moyes in the coming days to discuss his future.

If he does leave the club he has been a part of since 2004, Barcelona should be ready to accept him with open arms.

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Throughout his career, Rooney has shown the ability to be one of the top goal scorers in the world. During the 2011-12 season, he finished second in the EPL with 27 goals in 32 starts. This skill has carried over to help the English national team with five goals in four World Cup qualifying matches.

However, the question for many players coming to Barcelona is how they would react to not being the focal point. He showed this season with Robin van Persie on the roster that this would not be a problem.

Rooney's goals dropped dramatically to 12 on the year, but he added 10 assists to help his team win. As noted by WhoScored.com, this was an impressive accomplishment in a tough league:

This proved that even with other goal scorers on the roster, Rooney could still contribute in multiple ways. That was a big problem for Barcelona last season, as the squad became too reliant on Lionel Messi

While the dynamic player was rarely slowed down by opposing defenses, those few times it led to problems on Barcelona. It was an even bigger problem when the forward injured his hamstring late in the year.

Statistics courtesy of ESPNFC

If you look at the chart above, it was clear that Messi had too big of a role this past season. Comparatively, Bayern Munich scored 98 goals in league play and won the UCL title with no player being responsible for more than 16 percent of scores.

Adding Neymar will provide a lot of help in this area, but acquiring Rooney as well would make this offense nearly unstoppable. Messi can remain the focal point, and each of the supporting players would be able to come through with their elite scoring ability.

Opposing defenses would have no way to defend the onslaught of offensive talent.

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The only question is whether Rooney would be willing to play for another club where he is not the main goal scorer. Many believe that is the issue that is forcing him out of town to begin with.

However, if the veteran player is willing to accept a lot of money but a smaller role, he would be a perfect fit on Barcelona.

There is never a point where the club should stop adding talented players. Expectations for Barcelona are as high as any squad in the world, and the team needs to make sure it lives up to these goals.

If the club is able to add Rooney, the squad could virtually secure a treble next season.

 

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