Not many would say that Emile Heskey is a better player than Wayne Rooney, but in his understanding and link up play with Michael Owen, he makes it very difficult to include Rooney in the team when he becomes fit.
The last few games have demonstrated how supposedly better individuals Owen Hargreaves, David Beckham, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney when replaced with Gareth Barry, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Emile Heskey have produced a better team. It seems the injuries to these 'better' players have been a blessing.
Does Steve McClaren dare change a winning team?
I hope not.