Barcelona Transfers: Why Wayne Rooney Would Not Work at Camp Nou

Tre' Atkinson@@TreAtkinsonFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 16:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Reading at Old Trafford on March 16, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Football fans were somewhat shocked a few weeks ago when rumors began swirling about Wayne Rooney’s desire to trade in his Manchester United shirt for a Blaugrana one.

Though some fans have begun to think about the possibility of the English star joining the Catalan side, it should be stated that the move simply would not work. Not only would the move be bad for Rooney, but the player would not fit in with Barcelona’s system.

Ever since moving to the center of attack, Lionel Messi has been untouchable. For Barcelona to get the best out of a player like Rooney, Messi would have to be moved out wide for the Englishman to set up shop as the center forward.

Messi has actually stated that he would like to see Rooney make the move to the Catalan club, but this statement was certainly more publicity than actual wishing (via ESPN).

Everyone knows that there is no changing Messi’s current position. If Rooney were brought to Barcelona, he would then be forced to convert to a makeshift winger. Though this actually turned out well for David Villa, fans should not think that Rooney would take to the change so easily.

Manchester United’s No. 10 has staked his career on being a very centrally focused player.

Rooney has all the qualities of a traditional striker and even the ability to create chances for others. But he lacks very important traits that are necessary in wingers, especially wingers used by Barcelona.

To begin with, Rooney would need to be able to use speed and dribbling while pushed out wide to create the best chances of scoring. The Englishman has never looked strong when secluded from the center of the pitch, and defenses could take him completely out of the game if on the wing.

Rooney would also be expected to track back in defense and help out Barcelona’s roaming wing-backs. Rooney may be an above-average defender compared to most strikers, but being pushed out wide would certainly make things more difficult for him.

But the biggest reason why Rooney would just not work at the Camp Nou is because of his playing style.

The striker is very much an English player. His technical ability is not at the same level of the current Barcelona squad, and there has not been much in his career that would lead fans to think that he could actually hold his own in the tiki-taka style of play.

Cesc Fabregas has found transitioning to the Barcelona attack difficult, which shows that it could be nearly impossible for Rooney.

So in closing, joining Barcelona may only ever be a dream for Wayne Rooney. There is simply no place for the striker in the Blaugrana side, and making room for him would severely limit the talent he would bring.

Some moves look wonderful on paper. No doubt Rooney is a top-class attacker, but he has no place at Barcelona and the club was wise to quickly play down any links to the striker (via SkySports).

Who should Barcelona target this summer? Could Rooney actually work at Barcelona if he got his dream move? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and comments below.


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