Jack Rodwell moved to Manchester City from Everton FC in 2012 after becoming one of the most promising English youths in the Premier League. He endured a rough first season with Manchester City and found it extremely hard breaking into their midfield. The young England international also suffered with injuries but when his time came to perform he did nothing spectacular to catch the eye of the coach. During his time at City, he won two Premier league trophies, but he was not heavily included in the squad which was used week in and week out.
Manchester City finally lost their faith in the once promising youngster and sent him to Sunderland FC where he would have a better chance at playing first team football and could eventually go on to establish himself as a great midfielder. Sunderland has seem to become the team where Manchester City send the players who are surplus to requirements, one example being Adam Johnson. Rodwell is clearly still young and has the world at his feet but it seems like things were just not working out for him at Manchester City.
Rodwell has the playing style of a box-to-box midfielder, and with Yaya Toure dominating that position in City’s midfield, the chance of him getting playing time were extremely slim. Rodwell in every sense has all the attributes to become a great midfielder. If he can teproduce the form in which caught the eye of Manchester City to pick him up from Everton for 17 million pounds in 2012 then I can guarantee that in 2-3 years the development that he will gain from playing week in and out at Sunderland will prove to be a major stepping stone in his career.,
Sunderland FC manager Gus Poyet is well known and will be influential in Rodwell’s development. It is not clear where Rodwell will play for Sunderland but he is quite versatile and the fact that he is young will be even better as Poyet will have an easier time molding him into the player he would like him to be.