Ben Foster: Wayne Rooney would walk into any other Premier League team

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United and current West Bromwich Albion keeper Ben Foster believes Wayne Rooney would walk into any other Premier League side.

Foster, who spent five years at Old Trafford after joining in 2005, was on the receiving end of a ruthless display from Jose Mourinho‘s men last weekend, succumbing to two unstoppable Zlatan Ibrahimovic goals.

Rooney’s last Premier League goal dates back to Man United’s 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth on the opening day of the season.

However Foster, speaking after the game, was full of praise for United’s captain.

“Wayne will get plenty more goals,” he said.  

“He might not have the pace that he had five or six years ago but who has? That’s just the way it goes.

“He’d walk into any other team in the league. United are lucky to have him and he’s got bundles of goals in him yet.”

The 31-year-old, to his credit, has reacted well to his spell on the sidelines under Mourinho. He appears to espouse a new sense of purpose and aggression on the ball (alongside a new beard), as if determined to demonstrate his worth to the many critics keen to write him off altogether.

That said, could you really imagine Rooney walking into the Chelsea’s starting XI? Similar doubts arise when you examine the attacking resources available at the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and even Tottenham Hostpur. You could even argue that Mourinho’s strongest XI, with every player available, would not include the Englishman.

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