It’s more everyone else gets a pass because of how poor we’ve been, yet he’s looked better than pretty much everyone else but isn’t afforded the same presumed upswing.
Not often I disagree with you but it depends why you think we’ve been so poor. How much was it the players selected, the tactics, etc. I’ll hold my hand up and say I wasn’t for Rooney coming back on the basis of his form at Man Utd these last few years. So maybe I’m biased.
However, I just see a continuation of the Man Utd form here, and we’re looking awfully like Man United were at times in recent seasons. I think he has played well in periods in most games, but I also think Koeman was playing a lot of things through him as a substitute for tactics at times. Get the ball to Rooney, he’ll dictate things...we were mimicking the England national team and their poor management. That as it did at Man Utd come at a certain cost. Mind you, not saying it’s all negative as he clearly can contribute but just I’d rather it in more limited terms than we are right now. But no, I don’t suppose I give Rooney as much of the benefit of the doubt that he’d significantly change, as beyond Everton this is what we’ve seen from him at Man United or England. And while he has got what 4 goals from open play, something we’re struggling with he’s also pretty dang lucky not have given away a couple from some suicidal passing in midfield.
Personally, I think we’re struggling more because the options we have for what we need right now. I don’t think Rooney (while still offering a goal threat) is what we need for a regular starter, but I don’t think DCL is ready yet either. No goals in the PL this season while probably most opportunities of any of our options is not something we can rely on. Mirallas works but offers very sporadic benefits. Sandro...who knows but I’d probably have the most leniency toward him as I think he needs some guidance but he hasn’t played as smart as I’d like so he’s probably in the “not quite yet” camp with DCL. That leaves us with Niasse..?
We need better options, but I doubt that’s a statement most would find very radical.
I don’t think we can expect much better from Rooney, much like I doubt we can expect a radical change in goal haul from DCL. We need to find/buy other ways, and other players to contribute.