While the Roosters may have shut down bombshell rumours linking them to Cameron Munster, unrest remains within the club over their inconsistent start to the season and the struggles of their halves pairing.
The Tricolours have recorded five wins from nine games, but have suffered shock defeats at the hands of the Bulldogs and Dragons in recent rounds.
What’s more, the Munster rumous have only served to shine the spotlight on the form of Luke Keary and Sam Walker.
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“The issue that Luke Keary is still the eighth five, and he is playing as a halfback and it is not going to fix the problems for the Roosters,” The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Crawley said on NRL360 on Tuesday.
“Young Sam Walker is not ready to be a halfback now, how does this impact him going forward if this season he is learning to be a five eighth, then next season does he become a halfback?
“How much change does that have to him, do they get it right this year.”
Crawley said Keyary must take the back seat to allow Sam Walker to excel in attack.
“That is the bit I don’t get, if you have got Cameron Munster in your side do you try and teach him (Keary) to play seven, if you have got Cooper Cronk do you try and teach him to play six,” Crawley said.
“Keary has got to make the sacrifice to help Walker,” Paul Kent added.
The halves are not the Roosters only problem, with starting hooker Sam Verrills suffering another injury and off-season recruit Connor Watson slotting into dummy-half.
The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio warned the arrival of superstar hooker Brandon Smith in 2023 might not be the silver bullet to the Roosters’ attacking issues.
“The other elephant in the room is the signing of Brandon Smith, does he help develop their careers, because when I look at Brandon Smith, I see a guy that can play 13, he is a runner,” Riccio said.
“He is not Api Koroisau that plays out of dummy-half, he is not Damien Cook, he is not Harry Grant.”
“He is quality, but the difference between when you watch Harry Grant with Melbourne to when brandon comes on is very different, he is a runner,” Anasta said.
“Huge investment in Brandon Smith, huge investment in Sam Walker, but will it gel?” Riccio asked.
NRL360 host Paul Kent backed master coach Trent Robinson to get his attack firing.