Rooney off to Rotherham but still has a Town future

Luke Rooney

Luke Rooney

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LUKE Rooney still has a future under Paolo Di Canio at Swindon Town despite agreeing a loan switch to League Two Rotherham yesterday.

The winger commanded a six-figure sum when he was signed from Gillingham less than a year ago, but yesterday agreed a two-month switch to the New York Stadium in a bid to play regular football.

Rooney has not featured under Di Canio since a 45-minute cameo in the 4-1 defeat at Preston, during which he watched the second period with the away fans after being substituted.

Having spent time out at League Two Burton, Rooney returned to the County Ground and again struggled to force his way into the side, with a further loan spell his best bet for first-team action.

Speaking before the move to Rotherham was agreed, Di Canio backed Rooney’s ability, but hinted that he could be best served plying his trade elsewhere on a temporary basis.

“He’s a good, talented player. He finds difficulty in this moment under me because my football is expensive - up and down, up and down - it is difficult for him but he is a very good, talented player,” he said.

“At the moment the difficulty is, with all the three wingers I’ve got and the selection I make for the bench it is crucial for me to cover a few places.

“I have versatile players who can cover left-back and right-back so it’s difficult with injuries.

“In the future I don’t know, but it’s obvious that if he has a chance to play in some place it’s better. If you don’t play football, that can hurt a player especially him. He is a very sensible guy so he needs to play.

“At the moment it is difficult. If everything is okay, if I’ve got three wingers already available to play we will see.

“If there is a chance. Obviously in this moment we have 18 or 19 players, we don’t have a pressure to send him out.

“Now, with the embargo open maybe we can bring in a player who can cover an attacking area as a striker and a winger - a player who is good in both positions - maybe we can think about helping him to play regular football.”

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7:19am Sat 10 Nov 12

sputnik says...

from what I can see Roberts isn't much good as a winger, let alone helping in defense. He's no better than Rooney.
from what I can see Roberts isn't much good as a winger, let alone helping in defense. He's no better than Rooney. sputnik
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7:28am Sat 10 Nov 12

London Red says...

Thought this was an article about Rooney?
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Why is Roberts getting slagged off?
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Can you not be a STFC "fan" unless you put the boot into someone at every point?
Thought this was an article about Rooney? . Why is Roberts getting slagged off? . Can you not be a STFC "fan" unless you put the boot into someone at every point? London Red
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7:50am Sat 10 Nov 12

robstfc says...

sputnik wrote:
from what I can see Roberts isn't much good as a winger, let alone helping in defense. He's no better than Rooney.
Agree.... Rooney looked good last year when signed & by all accounts had a good pre-season....
Just a real shame he hasn't been given a FAIR chance this year IMO

He should at least be getting a place on the bench..... Think he would be a great impact sub...

Just an example of the wasted money at stfc in the last 18 months.

AND NO I'M NOT having a go at paolo before someone says I'm a moron or similar.... And yes I am going today... 3.0 to the town
[quote][p][bold]sputnik[/bold] wrote: from what I can see Roberts isn't much good as a winger, let alone helping in defense. He's no better than Rooney.[/p][/quote]Agree.... Rooney looked good last year when signed & by all accounts had a good pre-season.... Just a real shame he hasn't been given a FAIR chance this year IMO He should at least be getting a place on the bench..... Think he would be a great impact sub... Just an example of the wasted money at stfc in the last 18 months. AND NO I'M NOT having a go at paolo before someone says I'm a moron or similar.... And yes I am going today... 3.0 to the town robstfc
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8:18am Sat 10 Nov 12

Benzel says...

Gary Roberts is no better than Luke Rooney.

Priceless.
Gary Roberts is no better than Luke Rooney. Priceless. Benzel
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9:01am Sat 10 Nov 12

Swindon1984 says...

robstfc wrote:
sputnik wrote:
from what I can see Roberts isn't much good as a winger, let alone helping in defense. He's no better than Rooney.
Agree.... Rooney looked good last year when signed & by all accounts had a good pre-season....
Just a real shame he hasn't been given a FAIR chance this year IMO

He should at least be getting a place on the bench..... Think he would be a great impact sub...

Just an example of the wasted money at stfc in the last 18 months.

AND NO I'M NOT having a go at paolo before someone says I'm a moron or similar.... And yes I am going today... 3.0 to the town
Bit of rose tinted there - he made things happen and did it well... Sometimes. But often he was petulant and sulky on the field, trying to take on two or three players and losing it rather than looking to pass, stripping around the pitch when he wasn't passed to, etc. Rooney could be fantastic but needs to become more of a team player and improve his attitude on the pitch.

Can only judge by what we've seen of him on the pitch after all, not sure anyone can see he's not been given a fair chance this season when we don't know what he's been like in training or in the dressing room. There could be perfectly valid reasons why he hasn't featured.
[quote][p][bold]robstfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sputnik[/bold] wrote: from what I can see Roberts isn't much good as a winger, let alone helping in defense. He's no better than Rooney.[/p][/quote]Agree.... Rooney looked good last year when signed & by all accounts had a good pre-season.... Just a real shame he hasn't been given a FAIR chance this year IMO He should at least be getting a place on the bench..... Think he would be a great impact sub... Just an example of the wasted money at stfc in the last 18 months. AND NO I'M NOT having a go at paolo before someone says I'm a moron or similar.... And yes I am going today... 3.0 to the town[/p][/quote]Bit of rose tinted there - he made things happen and did it well... Sometimes. But often he was petulant and sulky on the field, trying to take on two or three players and losing it rather than looking to pass, stripping around the pitch when he wasn't passed to, etc. Rooney could be fantastic but needs to become more of a team player and improve his attitude on the pitch. Can only judge by what we've seen of him on the pitch after all, not sure anyone can see he's not been given a fair chance this season when we don't know what he's been like in training or in the dressing room. There could be perfectly valid reasons why he hasn't featured. Swindon1984
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9:16am Sat 10 Nov 12

robstfc says...

Benzel wrote:
Gary Roberts is no better than Luke Rooney.

Priceless.
Roberts shown afew touches of brilliance when he came back from injury.... Unfortunately in recent games he's gone missing for long periods and not really had the impact we need....
Hence why Rooney COULD be a great impact sub..... Paolo after all spent a lot of money on him. If we get a loan player in as mentioned that can play striker, winger etc etc as Paolo wants, there's the same risk that he could fail to live up to Paolo's high expectations and find himself out of the team too... Hence why NOT give Rooney another go?? No reason not too .... Yes there is... He's out on loan.... (:
[quote][p][bold]Benzel[/bold] wrote: Gary Roberts is no better than Luke Rooney. Priceless.[/p][/quote]Roberts shown afew touches of brilliance when he came back from injury.... Unfortunately in recent games he's gone missing for long periods and not really had the impact we need.... Hence why Rooney COULD be a great impact sub..... Paolo after all spent a lot of money on him. If we get a loan player in as mentioned that can play striker, winger etc etc as Paolo wants, there's the same risk that he could fail to live up to Paolo's high expectations and find himself out of the team too... Hence why NOT give Rooney another go?? No reason not too .... Yes there is... He's out on loan.... (: robstfc
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9:47am Sat 10 Nov 12

swindonforever says...

The fee Rooney was signed for he better bloody get a fair crack of the whip here
The fee Rooney was signed for he better bloody get a fair crack of the whip here swindonforever
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10:07am Sat 10 Nov 12

Davidsyrett says...

Only time Rooney really impressed was when he came on for his debut. Been very disappointing since. If he cant get a game in the last few weeks with all the injuries and embargo, I can't see him making much of an impact here in the future. Think PdC is trying to "big" him up so we might get a fee when he's sold on the summer.
Only time Rooney really impressed was when he came on for his debut. Been very disappointing since. If he cant get a game in the last few weeks with all the injuries and embargo, I can't see him making much of an impact here in the future. Think PdC is trying to "big" him up so we might get a fee when he's sold on the summer. Davidsyrett
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10:18am Sat 10 Nov 12

Penhill54 says...

Davidsyrett wrote:
Only time Rooney really impressed was when he came on for his debut. Been very disappointing since. If he cant get a game in the last few weeks with all the injuries and embargo, I can't see him making much of an impact here in the future. Think PdC is trying to "big" him up so we might get a fee when he's sold on the summer.
Couldn't agree more. I saw him make his debut as sub and thought how good he looked but since, only failed to live up to expectations.
[quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: Only time Rooney really impressed was when he came on for his debut. Been very disappointing since. If he cant get a game in the last few weeks with all the injuries and embargo, I can't see him making much of an impact here in the future. Think PdC is trying to "big" him up so we might get a fee when he's sold on the summer.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I saw him make his debut as sub and thought how good he looked but since, only failed to live up to expectations. Penhill54
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1:09pm Sat 10 Nov 12

KerroucheIsntOnFire says...

Rooney was not signed for a 6 figure sum at all! how can you print such rubbish sam! Think you'll find we only paid £50,000 for him with future add ons and incentives - Also Roberts is on a different level to Rooney, Problem is with our fans they dont like new players coming and upsetting their favourites, When ward came in people didnt like him and tbh hes been brilliant, Same as a Miller and Navarro when they replaced ferry! Look at the Wes interview - They need Miller!
Rooney was not signed for a 6 figure sum at all! how can you print such rubbish sam! Think you'll find we only paid £50,000 for him with future add ons and incentives - Also Roberts is on a different level to Rooney, Problem is with our fans they dont like new players coming and upsetting their favourites, When ward came in people didnt like him and tbh hes been brilliant, Same as a Miller and Navarro when they replaced ferry! Look at the Wes interview - They need Miller! KerroucheIsntOnFire
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6:10pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Chish and Fips says...

Penhill54 wrote:
Davidsyrett wrote:
Only time Rooney really impressed was when he came on for his debut. Been very disappointing since. If he cant get a game in the last few weeks with all the injuries and embargo, I can't see him making much of an impact here in the future. Think PdC is trying to "big" him up so we might get a fee when he's sold on the summer.
Couldn't agree more. I saw him make his debut as sub and thought how good he looked but since, only failed to live up to expectations.
Looks like today he played but was sub'd after half-time ...
[quote][p][bold]Penhill54[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: Only time Rooney really impressed was when he came on for his debut. Been very disappointing since. If he cant get a game in the last few weeks with all the injuries and embargo, I can't see him making much of an impact here in the future. Think PdC is trying to "big" him up so we might get a fee when he's sold on the summer.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I saw him make his debut as sub and thought how good he looked but since, only failed to live up to expectations.[/p][/quote]Looks like today he played but was sub'd after half-time ... Chish and Fips
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