Caernarfon Town’s former Everton midfielder Nathan Craig believes Wayne Rooney has made the right move in continuing his football career in the USA.
Rooney, who recently left Goodison Park to join DC United, scored his first MLS goal last Saturday – but was left with a broken nose for his troubles.
England’s record goalscorer notched the opening goal in United’s 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids, firing through the legs of former t
It was the 32-year-old’s first for his new club since moving to Washington on a free transfer.
However, four minutes into added time, defending in his own penalty box, the former Manchester United star was flattened in a sickening clash of heads with Colorado’s giant Swedish defender Axel Sjoberg.
That left Rooney battered and bruised, bloodied but unbowed, as blood poured from a gash on his forehead and spurted down his broken nose.
Rooney, who captained United for the first time, would be taped up for the end of the game, before having five stitches put in the head wound in a bid to stop the bleeding.
Despite that painful experience, Craig thinks Rooney’s relocation to the States is a positive step.
“It seems like Rooney’s career in the States has got off to a great start after scoring past his old colleague Tim Howard,” said the Caernarfon skipper.
“One thing he has is an eye for goal and he could probably do the business for a few more years over in the States and the team he’s signed for sounds like the perfect team for him in terms of location as Rooney’s more chilled and laid back off the pitch and DC seems like a quiet place, which will suit him.”
The upcoming campaign will see Craig lead Caernarfon Town back into the Welsh Premier League after a nine-year absence.
This will be the 26-year-old’s fifth season with the Canaries since returning to the club after a spell in the Football League with Torquay United.
Previous to that he spent seven years at Everton, where he played in the same youth team as Ross Barkley, Jack Rodwell and Shkodran Mustafi, making one first-team appearance before being released in 2011.
Craig still keeps a keen eye on the Toffees’ results, but is not overly confident that they are in for a successful season in the Premier League under new manager Marco Silva.
Despite the Portuguese’s first game in charge ending in a club record 22-0 annihilation of Austrian minnows ATV Irdning, the Blues have struggled since, losing to Lille (penalties), Blackburn Rovers, Porto and French side Rennes, as well as drawing with Bury.
Craig added: “I think Everton’s pre-season in terms of results hasn’t been the best. I know a lot of people and clubs don’t read too much into pre-season results and say it’s all about getting minutes and trying different formations etc, but for me personally I think results are important in pre-season because if you win your games that builds confidence and you carry that form on to the start of the season.
“So personally i don’t feel too confident in how they will do this season and a lot of Evertonians I’ve spoken to in and around Caernarfon have said the same thing.
“They just hope they do the business once the first game of the season comes around.”
Source : DailyPost