Alexi Lalas has warned LA Galaxy not to sign Wayne Rooney, suggesting Steven Gerrard proved that aging players provide “little return”.
Rooney has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Gerrard in making the move to the USA after being relegated to the bench for both club and country.
However, Galaxy’s former player and general manager believes the money that would be needed to sign the Manchester United and England captain could be better spent elsewhere, questioning the motives of big-name players in the process.
“They got little return on the Steven Gerrard investment and does Rooney still have much to give and something which works in the MLS, even if he is five years younger than Gerrard,” Lalas told The Sun.
“Are you replacing a player who had limited involvement and limited impact, with yet another player who will have limited involvement and limited impact?
“If Rooney, at 31, doesn’t still have the things which made him great, then it’s problematic.
“Living in Beverly Hills is great. But if you don’t couple it with performances on the field then you are just stealing money.
“The player he is now isn’t the player of ten years ago – but then no one is.”