With the Premier League about to spark into life this weekend, COS reporter Adam Hennessey casts his eye over the players he feels will have an impact this coming season, but players who readers may not know much about.
With the current ‘will he, wont he’ debate surrounding Joleon Lescott’s potential move from Everton to Manchester City, many people are overlooking the other talent at Goodison Park, and whilst they are recognised for players like Lescott, Cahill, Arteta and Yakubu. Its actually homegrown talent Jack Rodwell, who will be looking to stake his claim for a regular spot in the team, either in defence, possibly even Lescott’s replacement, or in midfield.
Rodwell forced his way into the reckoning more last season, with various appearances on the bench for Everton, making 19 appearances over the season, and scoring one goal, during Everton’s successful march to the FA Cup Final, with a goal in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa. Primarily, he has been used in a holding midfield role, where his key attributes of tackling and passing are deployed to true effect, breaking up play and starting off moves for Everton… however it is said, that David Moyes and Everton see Rodwell as a future, top class centre half, whilst some people have even touted him as ‘the next Rio Ferdinand’. On the back of his breakthrough season for Everton, Rodwell was called up to represent England U21’s at the 2009 U21 European Championships, where he found himself on the bench for the start of the tournament.
After qualifying after two group games, Rodwell was given a starting spot for the third game against Germany, in which he scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw, and earned rave reviews for his display in the middle of the park. Rodwell will keep a close eye on the Lescott saga, as this could very well be his time to force his way into the starting eleven, and not look back.