Wayne Rooney must be relieved of his captaincy duties to deliver 20+ much needed goals for Manchester United, in the Premier League this season.
When one considers the position a striker plays on the pitch, it is understandable why most top european clubs and international teams choose a defender or midfielder as a captain.
A good captain organises the shape of the team and continuously hands out instructions to maximise the performance on the pitch. Being in either position also provides an ideal overview of how the opposition is playing and where weaknesses in the team are appearing.
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A captain takes extra responsibility on the pitch and leads by example, putting the team before themselves. Top strikers on the other hand have to be selfish and focussed on doing one thing - scoring goals.
There is little doubt Rooney has accepted the challenge of being a captain well, but both club and country are looking to him for goals this season and at nearly 30-years-old, he cannot be expected to track back all the time, assess areas of weakness on the pitch and organise the defence and midfield.
There is no top striker on this planet that would be expected to take on the same responsibilities, yet Rooney has, to the detriment of his own performances, gladly.
In the number ten position - Rooney would arguably be ok to remain captain, but as the only proven striker in the United squad, he must be given every opportunity to focus on what he does best - scoring goals.
Being such a strong character, he is unlikely to acknowledge he has a problem balancing his captaincy duties with his responsibilities as a striker.
It will therefore fall on both managers to address this issue, particularly Louis van Gaal, who must see he has better options now available which will allow his star striker the space and freedom required to have any chance of attaining 20+ goals, in what could be a defining season for both player, club and country.
Man United will surely struggle if their top striker cannot contribute more than 12 goals in the premier league this season, so the supporters will be hoping a solution can be found, one way or another.
What do you think United fans, would Rooney perform better without the armband? Have your say below!
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