Five reasons Rooney stands out as best each-way top scorer value
Wayne Rooney’s double in the 2-2 draw at Tottenham not only made him the fifth highest scorer in the history of the Premier League, but also advanced him beyond Manchester United teammate Robin van Persie in the club’s scoring charts this season.
Rooney now has 164 in the top flight overall and eight across this season, which sees him two adrift of current leading goal-getter Sergio Aguero.
Yet despite this, Rooney’s odds are still double figures to be the Premier League’s top scorer this season and this has to easily be considered as the best each-way value in this market.
Wayne Rooney is 10/1 to be the Premier League’s top scorer
Coral are paying a 1/4 of the odds on the top-four places in the top-scorer offerings and Man Utd have repeatedly had at least one player towards the head of the scoring charts in recent seasons.
In fact, a rewind is needed back to the 2004/05 campaign to witness the last time that the Red Devils failed to be represented in the top three scorers in a season and Man Utd have had one of the top two in each of the last six campaigns.
This has been Rooney in two of the last four seasons and interestingly, these were the campaigns where Man Utd were beaten in the Premier League title race.
With Man Utd fourth favourites for the title at 10/1, there is a strong possibility they will come out at least second best again and based on history, this suggests that Rooney will be their top scorer.
Meanwhile, Rooney’s tally for the current campaign at this stage is pretty much on par with those seasons where he has threatened to be the division’s top scorer previously.
In 2009/10, the 28-year-old had scored 10 goals by the early stages of December, while in the 2011/12 season, he had netted nine times.
Man Utd’s next six games also provide plenty of reason to back Rooney to be the top Premier League scorer, with Everton, Newcastle and West Ham visiting Old Trafford, while away games beckon with Aston Villa, Hull and Norwich.
This is in comparison to Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, who all have to play at least two of their chief title rivals in this six-game period.
The other big factor in Rooney’s top-scorer prospects is how long Van Persie will be sidelined by his groin injury. After all, Rooney has found the target in all four Premier League games that his Dutch strike partner hasn’t started this season.
Van Persie has a history of injury issues from his time at Arsenal and although his appearance record has considerably improved in recent seasons, he is arguably due another spell on the treatment table.
Should Van Persie remain sidelined for at least the majority of December, this would have to be regarded as a help over a hindrance for Rooney’s personal scoring aspirations and a first Golden Boot.