12th September, 2018.
As other countries were busy playing matches in the European Nation’s League on Tuesday, England used the opportunity to play a friendly game against Switzerland. The Red Lions won that game by a lone goal scored by Markus Rashford.
Rashford brought smiles to the faces of not very happy fans who were at the stadium to watch the game. The fans were not so happy due to the poor showing of the England squad especially in the first half of the match.
Rashford is a young player who is understandably still learning the trade. Just like players at his age, he does make some decisions now and then. This was exhibited in the game against Spain when even though he scored England’s single goal against the Spaniards, he went on to miss two very good chances which with more experience, he would have converted.
The positives of his performance far outweighed the negatives though. Rashford was easily getting into the positions to score and he was very lively in both games. He was much better in the game against Switzerland despite receiving very scant service from his teammates.
The Manchester United youngster has now netted in consecutive matches for the Three Lions and in the process once again showed his potential in front of goal. This naturally has raised questions once again about the position he plays in at his club.
Rashford is naturally a central striker, yet he has been made to play out wide on many occasions for Manchester United. The simple reason being that the Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho finds it hard to drop first-choice striker Romelu Lukaku from his starting line-up.
The chances are remote of Rashford being able displace Lukaku, as United’s first choice striker. Meanwhile, it is very glaring to all and sundry that he is far less effective playing out wide than as a central striker.
Many observers ranging from England’s great, Alan Shearer to the latest one Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher, have suggested that Rashford may need to leave United to fulfill his potential. He may just have to start considering such options for his self development.
The player is very unlikely to develop his game in Manchester with Lukaku blocking his path to regular first-team football. He is a local lad and it is very likely that it would be a difficult decision to leave the club, but then it may be what he has to do for the sake of his career.
Even though he is still quite young and so is unlikely to be rushing into a move anytime soon. However, if he continues to miss out on starting games for the ManU, then leaving is something he will have to consider sometime soon.
Reports already have it that Italian giants Juventus have already shown some interest in signing the striker, while a loan move to North West rivals Everton was also considered in the summer.