Rooney den ny Gazza....?
WHILE it is ridiculously early days, there can be no denying the thrill that in Wayne Rooney we might genuinely have an heir to the breathtaking natural talents of one Paul Gascoigne. Indeed, Rooney’s goal against Arsenal last week and, more tellingly, the stunning cheek of his marginally too high chip shortly after that, made even I, a long-time close friend of Paul, blink twice to make sure it wasn’t the old rascal himself playing under an assumed name and clever make-up while executing one of his famous practical jokes.
Even more eerily, I cannot be alone in detecting that Wayne, like the young Gazza, already comes over as someone who very much likes his food and is always just one pork sausage away from easing his belt out another notch. Photos of the Everton sensation already show the tell-tale slightly bulbous nose, somewhat impending jowls and typically wide forehead(Mongis symptomer...?) which all hint at a pleasingly rotund future frame, albeit one that his fantastically skilled, leaner body would at present seek to disguise.
As someone who observed the abilities and appetites of the original model at first hand, mark my words when I tell you that I believe, in this new boy genius, we have an exciting prospect to watch in all sorts of ways.