Derby County’s dismal form continued as they were beaten 2-0 by Barnsley at Pride Park this afternoon.
The Rams were expecting to challenge for the top six under Phillip Cocu this season but it hasn’t gone to plan and they are currently bottom of the Championship. They were particularly poor today, with Wayne Rooney once again struggling to make an impact.
The Manchester United legend has had a tough campaign so far, often playing in a more advanced role given Derby’s injuries and it just hasn’t worked out.
It was a similar story against the Tykes and Rooney was forced to drop deeper and deeper to try and get on the ball.
Given Rooney’s stature in the game, he was always going to be scrutinised in the Championship and it’s fair to say the Derby fans haven’t been impressed with the 35-year-old.
Here we look at some of the reaction to his display today…
Don’t understand how Rooney still plays, offers nothing #dcfc
— BIRLS™ (@josh_birley) November 7, 2020
Why are we trying to field a team around rooney every game if he doesn’t fit in put him on the bench just doesn’t suit the formation #dcfc
— tom (@tombaldwin32) November 7, 2020
Somebody explain what Wayne Rooney has done to keep getting in this side? He looks woeful, unfit and uninterested every time he plays?? #dcfc
— Ash (@elwell_ashley) November 7, 2020
— Adam Fisher (@AdamFisher02) November 7, 2020
Rooney does not deserve to start simple as !!!#dcfc
— Mitchell Ward 🐏⚫⚪ (@mitchward_7) November 7, 2020
#DCFC it’s unbelievable how much Cocu tinkers with the team to accommodate where Rooney feels like playing.
— Shaun Dowey (@shaundowey) November 7, 2020
Rooney dropping into centre half does nothing positive for the team. We're so much better without him in the side #dcfc
— Weston (@weston_ash) November 7, 2020