With a little over 24 hours remaining of the summer 2010 transfer window, a remarkable deal concerning Jack Rodwell is reportedly being thrashed out between Sir Alex Ferguson and his so called “protégé” David Moyes.
Rodwell has emerged as a young talent who can play as a defensive midfielder or centre back, and despite his young years, has proven himself capable of taking on some of the best forwards in the country. Now however, he may very well be following in the steps of Wayne Rooney, swapping the blue of Everton for the red of Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson is evidently building a machine to take his team through the next decade, forming perhaps the “babes of the 2010’s” – should Moyes accept a lucrative deal, Rodwell will be the first addition to this group of prodigies. The alleged offer for Rodwell’s services is £10m PLUS unsettled midfielder Michael Carrick.
The former Tottenham and West Ham United midfielder is (much like Rodwell) a raw, home-grown talent himself, and despite being part of a side who have won three Premier Leagues, one Champions League and two Carling Cups, appears to be headed for the Old Trafford exit door.
Following West Ham’s failure to gain promotion in 2004, Carrick was apparently headhunted by Moyes, but opted to join Tottenham instead. It would be at White Hart Lane where he experienced his best years, helping them climb the league and in contention for a Champions League place, as opposed to yearly mid table and relegation scraps.
Flashing forward six years though, and a career on the down could be revived by a move to struggling Everton, who presently languish in the bottom three following their worst start in eleven years. Yesterday, Everton were cursing their luck against Aston Villa as they dominated an away game to an extent rarely seen in the Premier League, yet departed the midlands with nothing but bitter defeat.
Perhaps lacking was the final ball from midfield, and although Carrick is arguably not the answer to their immediate problems, he would be a welcome addition should the jewel in the crown be sacrificed. With the lack of cutting edge up front also an issue, the additional £10m apparently on offer could come in very useful indeed.
As for United, they need stability now more than ever, and with the Old Trafford crowd now mostly reminiscent of Norwich fans, a return to the roots which gave them their success is now the key. Previously, Ferguson has mentored such greats as Steve Bruce, Bryan Robson and Dennis Irwin – who in turn, provided a prime example of how champions play to (then) star youngsters Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.
It is true therefore, that the term “dynasty” should be used exclusively for Manchester United, and the transfer of Rodwell could just be the beginning of United’s revival.
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