On August 5th, Sunderland completed the signing of Jack Rodwell from Manchester City in what was a move that would be a terrible one for the Black Cats.
Highly rated during his time at Everton, Rodwell joined Sunderland after a fairly poor spell with Manchester City and was yet another player who failed to live up to his billing when he joined the club.
After just two seasons with the club, Rodwell was sold to Sunderland for a reported £10 million.
When he arrived at the club, the Sunderland faithful were fairly excited at his arrival…
— Karen Johnson (@Kagsie66) August 5, 2014
— Kenny wilko (@kennysafc1) August 5, 2014
— Troy Barry (@moyza89) August 5, 2014
— Jason Griffin (@thegriff2011) August 5, 2014
Once regarded as one of the best talents in English football, Rodwell failed to make an impact at Man City and at his best, only managed to play 11 games in the league during the 2012/13 season.
The tall midfielder obviously had talent but it didn’t seem like he would be able to translate it at the top level consistently. At a club that was near the bottom of the table, Sunderland needed Rodwell to come in and make an instant impact and although he played 23 games in his first season at the club, Rodwell turned out to be a complete flop.
The England midfielder couldn’t push Sunderland up the table and was part of the poor team that was relegated. Rodwell’s poor form continued and in the club’s season in the Championship the English midfielder only played six games for Sunderland last year.
Over the summer, Sunderland cancelled Rodwell’s £43,000-a-week contract after barely playing for the side and had been playing for Sunderland’s under-23 side with then boss Chris Coleman, questioning his attitude. His last senior appearance for the side came in September 2017 and although he has since joined Blackburn Rovers, it’s fair to say that these Sunderland fans were wrong to be excited over the midfielder.
After four years at the club, Rodwell never managed to showcase the potential he had during his time at Everton and as it stands, he remains another English talent that never managed to play up to the hype.
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