There was once a time when Manchester City were building a side they had nurtured through their youth team. Micah Richards, Nedum Onuoha, Michael Johnson, Stephen Ireland and Daniel Sturridge all featured and that was in addition to the investment that was being made in promising young English talent such as Joe Hart.
The feeling at that point was that with enough patience and good coaching, Man Citycould have had a group of players to potentially rival Manchester United’s class of 1992.
That Manchester City team was one that would have been a perfect fit for Jack Rodwell, a 21 year old who has shown glimpses of promise but ultimately needs consistent first team football at the top level to help him realise his potential. However, since Manchester City was taken over by owners who have cash in abundance, the vision of a team blooded from within was soon forgotten about.
Is there a problem with the approach the City owners have taken? Not at all, the evidence clearly shows that Manchester City have transformed in the short term to become champions and have put in place the infrastructure to ensure a bright future as well. The difference is that the club is now bustling with top class talent from around the globe, so much so that they were still touted as favourites to retain the title without having made any signings, while their rivals had strengthened.
So why sign Jack Rodwell? For Manchester Citythe logic is simple. They get a player they wanted last summer for an estimated £10million less than the £25million they were quoted last year. This revised figure is a sum of money that City have no worries about paying as it adds a player that provides them with greater strength in depth at the very least. Although they will be hoping that with time under Yaya Toure’s wing, he could become a top class player.
The justification for Everton to sell is equally clear. The demand for Rodwell has never been short and while there was a lot of promise early on, years has gone by without him really taking the team by storm. So, by selling him now, Everton receive a much needed cash injection to help Moyes reinforce the squad further for the season ahead without losing a key player.
The only party that it seems to make little sense for is Jack Rodwell himself. Obviously, the bumper pay packet he will receive is an appealing factor, but from a football perspective he looks set to be spending the majority of his time on the bench at a stage of his career when he needs as much game time as possible. Furthermore, he will be expected to grab any chances he does get in the first team with both hands, because if he returns any less he will quickly find himself back on the bench. He only has to look at the likes of Adam Johnson, who has struggled to get a consistent run in the team during his time at the club, even after putting in some stunning performances.
The only hope is that things fall his way and that he gets to feature next season, with a view to stepping up to the next level in his career. But for now, it looks like he will spend the 2012/13 season as nothing more than a squad player.
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