Peter Crouch says that Wayne Rooney is largely under appreciated.
Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has showered heaps of praise on Everton star Wayne Rooney, saying that he is a ridiculously talented player.
Rooney scored a hat-trick against West Ham on Wednesday to earn all three points for the Toffees. The former Manchester United striker scored a magnificent goal that day which shows that he still has a lot of football left in him.
Crouch says that he had the privilege to play alongside the 32-year-old striker while playing for their country. The former Liverpool striker believes that Rooney has never got the due credit he deserves.
The tall striker is bemused that Rooney is not celebrated more, and says that maybe people will start doing so when he retires.
Crouch adds that Rooney should be Everton’s main man this season. He is confident that Rooney will fit into deeper roles very easily.
"I had the pleasure and privilege to train and play with him for England and he’d do things in training that would blow your mind. To do what he did on Wednesday — and pull it off so spectacularly — just shows how ridiculous his talent is," said Crouch, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"The more I’ve seen it, though, the more my mind is made up that Wayne has never got the credit he deserves."
He’s scored 326 goals in his career and the last three against West Ham showed he can still do it. He should still be the main man. There is talk of him dropping into a deeper position but he will slot in there without a moment’s problem.
The victory against the Hammers saw Everton jumping to 13th in the Premier League. The Merseyside club will take on Huddersfield on Saturday.