Jack Rodwell was somewhat standing still at Manchester City until Sunderland paid £10m for his services in the summer. When Rodwell moved to City from Everton in a £12m deal, the young Southport-born man was destined for big things. Many criticized the move, saying he was too young and City was the wrong club at the wrong time to move to, and that proved to be the case, as Rodwell only made 16 appearances in two years at the Etihad.
Rodwell’s move to Sunderland didn’t come as a shock to the soccer world. He has undoubted talent and at his time with Everton he was touted as England‘s next best thing. Although Rodwell’s Manchester City career was blighted with injuries, he didn’t really stand a chance of getting into City’s midfield with Yaya Toure, David Silva, Fernandinho and new signing Fernando all dominating the midfield places.
When Sunderland came knocking, Rodwell was sure to take up the opportunity and didn’t hesitate in signing a five-year deal. Gus Poyet is a big admirer of Rodwell and snapped the chance of his signature when he became available.
The 23-year-old slotted straight into Sunderland’s team in their opening day 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Rodwell had a solid debut and was replaced by fellow new signing Jordi Gomez on 68 minutes. Rodwell then made his big impression on Sunday, when he rose highest in the box and headed home the equalizer from a corner. The goal earned Sunderland a very respectable point and stopped Manchester United from gaining their first win under Louis van Gaal.
Rodwell is still very young. His move to Manchester City may have stalled his progress, but he is still developing. Rodwell is sure to shine in the heart of Sunderland’s midfield and will prove to be a great move to resurrect his career.