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What Shall We Do With Rossi?

Sir Alex Ferguson declared that next season he would give young players a chance. Few United fans would disagree with the claim that Giuseppe Rossi has been the most promising player of the last years so if he won't get his chance, who will?

Rossi was our most lethal reserve striker ever but failed to impress on his first ever senior challenge: his loan spell at Newcastle. Of course, what did we expect of him at a team that's just been branded serial loser by their own manager...

Fergie was upset by the fact Rossi got precious few playing time and called him back in January but he was shipped out almost immediately to his former club Parma. Seeing his performances there, we can be cautiously optimistic: he's scored 3 goals in 9 games for Claudio Ranieri's (oh, what a joy it is when familiar names pop up) side but will this level of displays be enough to secure him a place in next season's squad?

The player himself is keen to return and that's a positive for me.

"My contract with United does not expire until June 2010 and I expect to complete it,' he said.

"It is important for young players to get their chance and I am getting my chance at Parma where I am turning out regularly and playing well.'

"Going to Newcastle was also a good experience, though I didn`t play as much, but the important thing was that I learned a lot while there."

I can't possibly imagine he managed to learn anything there apart from the fact that he should get out of there as soon as possible. Parma might be better for him but let's hope he does not discover that he should play in his native country.

The question is, how we'll be able to use him? Name of top-class strikers keep popping up and if we sign either Huntelaar or Torres, Rossi will be only fourth in the pecking order. More than that, I don't think he has the physics, the athleticism to flourish as a finisher in the Premier League.

He was deployed on the wing in some games at Newcastle and that could offer some hope for him here. He did not exactly set the world on fire on the left at the St. James' Park but you may never know what he will be able to do with better teammates around. With Giggs getting older, quality back-ups would be appreciated for him and Ronaldo, too. Park provides cover for Ronaldo on the right and Rossi could be Giggs' alternative as Richardson spectacularly failed to fill this role.

With some experience, he could be moulded back into being a striker and thus he would follow the ways of Henry who had started and impressed as a striker then he was used on the wing and finally, ArsÚne Wenger converted him into a centre-forward. Or of course there's another possibility: that he will not live up to his perceived talents and promise and will end up at a mediocre team. I'd hate that, though.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 28 2007

Time: 8:59PM

Your Comments

sell him to the barcodes they could use the strikers come on lads have a heart
MOYES IS GOD
Fortunately, we're not a charity organisation :-) As for Rossi's future: keep him here, at any position. He's the only likeable Italian player I know :-)
midlothian99
i want rossi to sore goals for us so bad
rooneyisgod
 

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