Wayne Rooney has revealed what he’s doing to try and improve Derby County’s fortunes in front of goal this term.
The Rams have the lowest goal tally of any club in the Championship after finding the back of the net on just eight occasions in their 16 fixtures so far this season.
That has played a big role in the club’s misfortunes this term as they find themselves struggling near the bottom of the table.
Given Rooney’s credentials as England’s all-time top goalscorer it was expected that he’d perhaps have some advice to help the club to get firing once again, with the player-coach keen to build the players’ confidence in training.
As quoted by Derbyshire Live, Rooney said: “I said before about confidence, but in terms of how we get the players believing in themselves we have to get them hitting the back of the net in training.
“It is important the players do that, they hit the back of the net. It is what I have spoken about throughout my career. If you continue to hit the back of the net in training it is almost like muscle memory where you know exactly what you are doing when you get in front of goal.
“We are just trying to get the players doing that as much as they can in training. Going into games it is how we get into the right positions on the pitch to allow the forward players to do that.”
He added: “Something we have been working on is creating chances and getting people in the box, taking risks and being a bit more aggressive.
“We are creating chances and getting bodies in the box, so we can take a lot of positives from the last three games. We just need to keep moving forward.”
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Wayne Rooney is right to do something about the club’s goalscoring woes.
After all, it’s something that needs to be improved if the club is to move away from their current position in the relegation zone.
Derby need to start finding the net on a regular basis and if there’s one man who can help them towards doing that, it’s England’s record goalscorer.