Four reasons why Rodwell’s City switch isn’t a wise move
It was a busy day for Manchester City yesterday. Not only were they busy winning the Community Shield, they were also busy announcing the signing of Jack Rodwell. But why? Here are four reasons why we think this is a bad move for the former Everton man.
August 13th, 2012
If you need evidence that making the switch as a promising young Englishman to Manchester City isn’t the wisest move, take a peek at Adam Johnson.
Signed from Middlesbrough for £7m in January 2010, Johnson has started just 39 times for City in the league, complimented by 34 appearances from the bench. Last season, he started just ten games.
As a result, Johnson has spent much of his time at Eastlands sat on the side-lines, losing an England place that, by virtue of having a left foot if nothing else, was undoubtedly his and failing to fulfil his huge potential. With the likes of Samir Nasri, David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguerro and the rest all vying for starts, his opportunities are unsurprisingly limited.
Rodwell will have similar problems. With Gareth Barry, Nigel De Jong, James Milner and Yaya Toure already in the City midfield, you have to wonder just where Rodwell sits in Mancini’s master plan.
If there is one manager who knows about getting the best out of players, it is David Moyes. The Everton manager has been forced, throughout his time at Goodison, to pick-up unknowns, youngsters and journeymen and turn them into solid Premier League players – and he’s delivered.
James McFadden, Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Joleon Lescott, Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini, Nikica Jelavic and Magaye Gueye all arrived at Everton from relatively modest beginnings and went on to flourish under Moyes’ tutelage. Oh, and he brought up a certain Wayne Rooney as well.
Moyes spends time with his players – he has no option but to – and he gets them to their potential. Will Mancini do the same?
The transfer smacks of desperation
Roberto Mancini was last week lamenting the lack of arrivals at Eastlands. Two days later, Jack Rodwell arrives. Perhaps we’re putting two and two together to get a number that isn’t quite four, but that suggests to us that this signing is more “new player for new player sake”, rather than “player signed following detailed strategic thought”.
Is he actually that good?
There has been a distinct lack of outrage at this signing over on the blue half of Liverpool, with many Everton fans, who are used to seeing big names leave, welcoming in the news.
Rodwell is a talent, of that there is no question, but is he really going to add anything to City, other than another name under the ‘federation trained player’ list that will be required when they submit their Champions League squad.
His position has, at times, been very questionable and his distribution has also left something to be desired on occasion. Yes, he’s only 24, but such fundamental flaws do little to challenge the notion that he’d be better off honing those skills with regular first team football.