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Alan Pardew Criticises Wayne Rooney Playing Wrong Position – How Ironic

8 years ago

No doubt there were plenty of Newcastle fans who were smiling when they read Alan Pardew criticism of Wayne Rooney’s place in England’s formation against Italy on Saturday night.

Rooney started playing wide left but then switched to play wide right at times, but never strayed into the more central position which is generally thought to be his ideal place in the team.

While this provoked plenty of discussion generally, it was the words of the Newcastle manager which caught the eyes and ears of those on Tyneside;

“I am afraid that position (wide left) doesn’t suit Wayne Rooney, who was then pushed wide right in the second half.

“Roy Hodgson must make a decision, either play him in his proper number ten role just behind Daniel Sturridge – or leave him out.”

Alan Pardew of course being the manager who has transformed Papiss Cisse from a scorer of incredible goals, to a right midfielder whose main job is to help protect his right-back.

Then of course you have Hatem Ben Arfa, a player who was born to play that number ten role that Pardew says is where Wayne Rooney has to play, yet like Cisse, he is ostracised from the team because he doesn”t protect his full-back enough when forced to play a deeper role on the right.

You then of course have Mapou who has been given no real chance of a run in his proper centre-back place, plus Moussa Sissoko who must wonder what exact role he is supposed to be playing in the Newcastle team.

Being asked to be a World Cup pundit is a double-edged sword, I’m sure the extra money is very welcome for Pardew but he is also going to have to accept that when he makes outspoken criticisms of his managerial colleagues, he will automatically be also turning the spotlight on himself.


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