English strikers will be on full alert after hearing that Wayne Rooney is set to miss the whole group stage of Euro 2012. With Rooney missing out, Aston Villa hitman Darren Bent looks the likely candidate to fill Rooney’s shoes.
Its not so much can Bent replace Rooney, but more on the fact could England be better off with Bent leading the line? Focus should be on Bent’s capabilities and what he will add to the team that Rooney doesn’t. It is impossible to compare the two as they are two very different footballers. Bent can offer frightening pace up front and has a natural and instinctive eye for goal. Bent is more of a goal poacher, whereas Rooney likes to drop deep and get more involved in the team’s play.
Bent doesn’t have the skill or intelligence of Rooney but Bent has proved over the years he has great movement and can score goals. He has a phenomenal goal scoring ratio for club and country and his record speaks for itself.
England will also have a more relaxed and reliable striker up front, they won’t well at least for the group stages be worried that their striker will get sent off or lose his cool if things turn sour. We saw at last year’s world cup when Rooney blasted fans for booing and last weeks incident in Montenegro, Rooney does have a temperament that if not sorted could cost us dear.
Bent does indeed play best when he is the lone striker and if given the service by the midfield players he will guarantee you goals. It must also be said that Bent has never played in the Champions League or at a major International Tournament, so this could be his chance to show the world what he is capable of.
Iain Culverhouse for Gunnersphere.com