So Roberto Mancini has completed his long awaited first transfer of the summer and Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell will join Manchester City for an initial fee of £12 million which could rise to £17 million.
Things have moved quickly since Bill Kenwright accepted the bid and it is a transfer that has perhaps come as a surprise to both Everton and City fans.
The name Rodwell has not featured in the list of players linked with a move to Manchester this summer. A promising youngster he is but instead think Van Persie or Agger and you have an idea of who the Sky Blues were expecting to be welcoming to the Etihad.
At Goodison Park there will have been similar shock as there was nothing to suggest he or the club were looking for a move.
Despite the surprise, few on Merseyside have any complaints about Rodwell’s departure. In fact, the general consensus appears to be that it is a good deal for the club and in discussing the transfer Mancini has inadvertently highlighted why.
The Italian has already stated his belief that playing in a more dominant team will be good for the youngster. He has a point.
With so much competition Rodwell will have to work hard to get in and stay in the team and such pressure could be what is needed for the England international to really demonstrate the full range of his ability.
Should he do so then Mancini will feel he got himself a bargain but as it stands £12 million for a player who had no assurances of a starting spot in David Moyes’ team is a very good piece of business.
There has been a growing concern amongst Everton fans that Rodwell may not fulfill his early promise. On paper he has it all, tall, strong, quick and technically good- the modern midfielder. But he has yet to show any signs of the ability to stamp his authority on a game.
Add to that the signing of Darron Gibson and the performances of Marouane Fellaini and Leon Osman and Everton can be content that even without Rodwell, their midfield is in a healthy position.
There may be some frustration that should Rodwell blossom into the player he has always threatened to be, Everton will not be the ones to reap the benefits but should the money be made available for reinvestment then the Toffees could well emerge from the sale as a stronger team.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!