Didier Drogba v Wayne Rooney

08 February 2010 10:54
ShootingRooney: Used to specialise in spectacular efforts from outside the box but that changed when he started playing higher up the pitch. Still packs a knockout punch but has added some subtlety this season to his finishing. 9Drogba: Lets fly from all sorts of angles, often hitting it early to catch the keeper off balance. Like Rooney, much stronger on his right foot and has developed a devastatingly effective technique at free-kicks. 9

HeadingRooney: As proved by Everton's Tim Cahill, you don't have to be tall to be good in the air. Rooney has worked hard on this aspect of his game, gaining reward with three headed goals this term. 7Drogba: At 6'2', you could argue that Chelsea's powerhouse should score more goals with his head. That said, he's certainly no slouch in this area, particularly when defending, often clearing danger with a thumping effort. 8

Champions League watch: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester UnitedHold-Up PlayRooney: Second to none. His touch, movement and awareness of space give team-mates in possession an easy option. Does this, what's more, closer to goal these days, which is always harder. 9Drogba: A one-man battering ram who can safely gather long, hoisted balls through overwhelming strength and pace. His touch might not be as well-honed as Rooney's, but, in the heat of battle, that's no comfort to defenders. 8

Work rateRooney: Always a selfless team player who never stopped running, he now channels that energy in the areas that count. A manager's dream who, on any given day, is prepared to bust a gut. 10Drogba: Doesn't take so much part in the build up as Rooney, preferring to stay on the shoulder inside the width of the box. As a result, he won't be in a rush to close down the full-back. 8

DisciplineRooney: Has cleaned up his act with regard to lunging tackles and berating the referee. Still likes a moan, mind, and a few snarled expletives but not anything like the angry lad of old. 7Drogba: Thankfully, the embarrassing playacting has been significantly cut. Those dying swan routines show up less frequently. Still loves a perceived injustice or a running feud but, at 31, appears to have matured. 7

TotalRooney: 42Drogba: 40

Source: Telegraph