Manchester United and England’s Wayne Rooney has broken his silence over the dispute with Sir Alex Ferguson that led to fervent speculation about the 28-year-old’s future over the summer, insisting that he did not deserve to be played out of position on the wing or in midfield at the Old Trafford club.
The Croxteth native – who is 7/2 to score the first goal when England face Montenegro – may have a point, but here are a few Premier League stars who have no such qualms about drifting around the pitch.
With England’s Rickie Lambert currently occupying the Italian’s preferred position at number nine, Southampton’s new €15m signing from Roma has adapted to his role behind the striker with aplomb and has already bagged his first goal and laid on four chances for his teammates this season.
In the absence of injured first choice Glen Johnson former Sunderland midfielder Henderson has excelled at right wing-back for Liverpool at times this season, with manager Brendan Rodgers squeezing his line of defence into a three to accommodate Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge up front.
Ramsey was expected to play deepest of Arsenal’s midfield five this year, especially with Mikel Arteta injured for much of the campaign so far, but the return of Mathieu Flamini has pushed the Welshman further up the pitch and unleashed the latent goal-getter in ‘Rambo’, who has scored eight goals in 11 games for the Gunners this term.
The one-time Man Utd youth started his career at centre-half, was converted to left-back by Tony Pulis at Stoke and is currently first choice for the Republic of Ireland in that position, but new Potters boss Mark Hughes’ preferred 4-2-3-1 formation – plus the arrival of Erik Pieters – has seen Wilson used primarily in midfield this season and the former Portsmouth man has already laid-on three key passes for his further forward teammates.
After being accused of playing as if being controlled by a Playstation by Gary Neville following a particularly maverick performance a couple of seasons ago a succession of Chelsea manager’s have seen the benefit of utilising the centre-back’s marauding skills in a midfield role, although the return of Jose Mourinho has seen Luiz revert back to his original position alongside either John Terry or Gary Cahill.