GMS Academy Member Jake Grice gives five reasons why Chelsea must sign Wayne Rooney this summer.
1. Title Challenge
The word on the street is Chelsea are hot contenders for the title next season but most feel a top forward is still the missing piece of the jigsaw. Everybody from Cristiano Ronaldo to Christian Benteke has been linked with the club but as the summer has gone on fans have been disappointed to see the top strikers all end up elsewhere, but ultimately, that could be a blessing in disguise. As Chelsea found out with Fernando Torres adding a big names with big price tags is a risky business and clearly not something the club wishes to repeat. This is why the Rooney deal is perfect, the club get a huge name and the benefits that come with that but at half the price. Rooney is a proven winner, one of the league's most potent attacking threats and is one of the most marketable names in sport. A new challenge and the prospect of working under the worlds number one manager a new lease of life would be breathed into the Liverpudlian and would no doubt lead to the sort of performances we saw in the first few years of his career.
Most people questioned the logic behind the clubs decision to enter last season with only the inconsistent Torres and want-a-way winger Sturridge and sure enough come November that decision was looking just as ridiculous as everybody claimed it to be in August. January came and went and yet the club found themselves in the same position only with Sturridge gone and Ba in. It seemed at first to be an upgrade but it quickly became apparent the onus was still very much on the the midfield to both provide and finish the majority of attacking moves. Months went by without a goal from the strikers all the while Lukaku was frustratingly smashing them in for another club. This coming season will see the young Belgian added to the squad, with many predicting him to have a starring role, but the general consensus is the club is still a bit lacking up front. Both Manchester clubs have four strikers and the beauty of bringing Rooney to boost the depth is that not only do the Blues strengthen their position but also weaken the current league holders squad in the process.
One of the many benefits of having Wayne Rooney at the club is his ability to play multiple roles. Obviously the main reason for him wanting to leave United is that he spent last season occupying varying roles on the pitch but that doesn't take away the usefulness that having a utility forward can bring. With Torres, Ba and Lukaku realistically all they can do is play up front whereas Rooney played all over the midfield for the Red Devils last season. He clearly wants to predominantly be a striker which luckily is exactly what Chelsea need him for but a top coach like Mourinho won't underestimate Rooneys ability to play all over the pitch.
4. Bragging Rights
Not much is sweeter in the world of football than being able to undeniably get one over on your rivals and as the United fans found out last season pinching a top forward from a rival is as sweet as it gets. Van Persie's capture virtually handed the title to United in August and there is a strong feeling that it would be a similar story with Rooney hence Manchester United's desperation to either hang onto the player or see him go overseas. The capture of Rooney would represent a massive coup for the club and see a huge shake up in English football. It has been suggested that United appear a lesser attraction for players since Fergie’s departure and the loss of such a key player to a major rival would certainly increase that feeling throughout the footballing world.
5. Financial Gains
For many years now Wayne Rooney's shirt sales and advertising rights have been one of the highest in the sport. Last year it was revealed by Sporting ID, the company that supplies the lettering for the back of the shirts, that Wayne Rooney replica United shirts sold more than any other player in Premier League history. Last season saw a dramatic drop for Rooney (6% of league total) and a huge increase in sales for Van Persie (25.4% of league total) which shows just how much revenue can be generated when such a big name transfers. In fact one of the few positives aspects of the Torres transfer is the huge revenue generated for the club from his shirt sales, in his first season he incredibly sold nine times more shirts than the rest of the Chelsea squad put together. Now, obviously Chelsea aren't short of cash and the amount of millions pumped into the club since Abramovich's take over clearly show the club is not being run for profit but the fact that the club could virtually recuperate the entire cost of bring Rooney to Chelsea, in one season's sales, make any risk involved with buying Rooney pretty insignificant.
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