According to The Sun, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson is trying to tempt Sunderland cast off Jack Rodwell to the Macron Stadium.
Rodwell’s unhappy stint on Wearside was finally brought to a close this summer when he was released from his £40k-a-week contract as the club prepares itself for life in League One.
Since moving to the Stadium of Light from Manchester City in 2014, Rodwell has been present for a period of sharp decline in the Black Cats’ fortunes. His own form has suffered greatly too. Last season, in the Championship, Rodwell could barely get a game and was eventually dropped to the under-23s. For a player with a Premier League winners medal to his name, that must have been a low point.
Now, Rodwell is free of Sunderland – and they’ll feel they’re equally free of him – and he must be desperate for a fresh start.
Bolton might not be foolish to pursue the 27-year-old, and other clubs, such as Sheffield Wednesday, should look into securing the ex-England international’s services whilst they still can.
Rodwell is a talented footballer, that’s for certain, even if he hasn’t shown it for a long time.
Whichever club can resuscitate his form and career will be rewarded with a top Premier League-level player if he can return to the standard that he set at Everton all those years ago.
At 27, he still has time to make something of his prodigious talent.
Hillsborough would be the perfect stage for the midfielder to finally start performing again on too. At his best, Rodwell’s creativity and goal threat from deep would add a whole new dimension to the Wednesday midfield. His potential combination with Wednesday’s forward, Forestieri, is an exciting prospect too.
Jos Luhukay’s Owls are optimistic heading into the new campaign but the arrival of a player of Rodwell’s quality would be another boost for the squad. Fans may need convincing after his Sunderland disaster, but if Rodwell can get back to his best on the pitch he’ll soon win them over.