How quickly the fortunes of a footballer can change.
Rooney was struggling after his return to his boyhood club, but since the arrival of Sam Allardyce as manager the 32-year-old has thrived.
Since returning to Merseyside in the summer Rooney has shown ice-cold finishing.
Scoring nine goals from just 12 shots on target, and 21 efforts overall, not including blocked shots, Rooney boasts an incredible 43% conversion rate.
When you compare that return with the PL’s other leading marksmen it stacks up quite brilliantly.
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When you factor in "blocked shots", Rooney boasts a 37.5% conversion success and, ahead of the weekend’s matches, that makes him European football’s most deadly finisher.
Monaco's Radamel Falcao and Real Betis’s Antonio Sanabria are closest in this department with 33.3%.
Rooney has enjoyed some standout campaigns in his prestigious career but has never come close to being this clinical.
Rooney has been at his best this season when making long runs into the penalty area without being tracked.
He still has a keen eye for how a move is going to develop and a knack of knowing where the ball might arrive in the penalty area.
This intuition has helped him score four of his nine goals so far.
If Swansea City do not keep close tabs on him whenever the ball is fed wide, Rooney could make them pay on Monday night.
Very few Premier League players are better at ghosting into the box than Rooney.