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Sunderland: Jack Rodwell came to define club’s downfall

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When Jack Rodwell arrived at the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2014, he did so as a Manchester City flop who was looking to get back playing games.

Across his two seasons at the Etihad, the former Everton midfielder had started just 10 games in all competitions, coming on as a substitute 10 times, as per TransferMarkt – to make his record look even worse, he had started just one solitary Premier League game during his last season for Manchester City.

When Rodwell left the club in the summer of 2018, he did so as a hated figure, with many fans actively celebrating his departure after his contract was cut short by 12 months, as reported by talkSPORT.

During his first season at the Black Cats, the midfielder started 17 Premier League games, coming on as a substitute six times and scoring three goals, including a header that earned a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in just his second game in red and white.

His influence steadily declined, though, as he appeared in 22 games the following season, then 20 in 2016/17, when Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League.

When it came to playing in the Championship, well, he didn’t do it very often: he started just one game, came on as a substitute once, while he only made the matchday squad six times.

This season was the backdrop of the Netflix documentary ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’, which did not do Rodwell any favours, as scenes of a desperate Martin Bain trying to get the midfielder and his £70,000 wages out of the club became one of the everlasting images to come from it, as reported by The Guardian.

Rodwell wasn’t in sight for long, but his absence and the brief cameo seemed to only strengthen the sense of disdain aimed towards him, similar to his time on the football pitch, which made his the face of Sunderland’s fall from the Premier League to League One.

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