The Manchester United Midfielder from Japan Shinji Kagawa wants to imitate Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. He made his declarations in an interview with Sports Illustrated in an h/t to Goal.
While such comments may serve to improve a players’ status or form of play, it serves for comparative studies. From these studies, conclusions supporting or refuting Kagawa’s statements are made.
Kagawa arrived last summer at Manchester United from the Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He impressed in the beginning as an efficient striker going behind Rooney to help score against Hanover.
Kagawa scored six goals within 20 matches in the 2012/13 Premier League season. He managed three assists and 21 shots within the same season.
Goal gives Kagawa high marks for discipline, speed, vision, passing, dribbling, and creativity. At the same time, Kagawa receives low marks for club loyalty, durability, shooting, and tackling.
The same magazine commented about Kagawa’s diving skills. Kagawa’s previous season was not his best secondary to a knee and back injury.
According to Goal.com, Rooney receives high marks for his performance in Manchester United. He scored 12 goals within 27 matches in the 2012/13 season.
Rooney had 86 shots and ten assists during the same season. He is a part of Old Trafford since 2004 and has a record of more than 400 appearances.
According to the Manchester United website, Rooney scored 197 goals within 402 matches for the club. Rooney’s current dissatisfaction with the club attracts the interest of Arsenal and Chelsea in his services.
Robin Van Persie
Van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal at the same time as Kagawa. Van Persie managed to score 30 goals within 48 matches within one season at Old Trafford.
While impressive at Old Trafford, Goal gives him low marks in work rate and speed. According to ESPN, Van Persie managed 141 shots within 38 matches of the 2012/13 season.
There is no need for comparison since each of these players has their style and personality on the field. Kagawa should not imitate Van Persie, Rooney, or any player.
He should find his style by looking into his past at Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United. After looking at his past, Kagawa should concentrate on what is good for him and discard everything else.
If Kagawa can do that and score monumental goals, his future at Manchester United is expected to be great. It will be interesting to see Kagawa in the next Premier League season in a post Ferguson Manchester United.