The ex-Tottenham manager believes the struggling Manchester United striker could still make a major impact with a change of scenery at a different Premier League club
Wayne Rooney needs a change of scenery to revive his career and would be a useful signing for Arsenal or Chelsea, according to Harry Redknapp.
The England captain’s form has come under scrutiny this season and he has started Manchester United’s last three matches on the substitutes’ bench.
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Redknapp, however, believes Rooney could “tip the balance” for one of the Red Devils’ Premier League rivals if he was given a fresh start away from Old Trafford.
“He’s suffered with his form and I hope he revives himself at Old Trafford but if not a change of scenery could do him good,” Redknapp wrote in the Evening Standard.
He added: “It was a different level to Wayne, of course, but Paul Merson transformed Portsmouth for me. He arrived back in 2002, the lads loved him and he was a good player given a fresh test of his character.
“There are certain players who thrive off that and Wayne might just need a new challenge.
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“He would be a great signing for a couple of seasons and could have a major impact on a Premier League club. He could tip the balance for a top-four team if United were to let him go.
“I’d take Wayne at Arsenal or Chelsea and he has to play as a No.9 or 10 — midfield isn’t for him yet.”