Following the introduction of the new Premier League rules, the pressure is on clubs to give their young stars more playing time this season. Here at Caughtoffside, we will be taking a look at some of the stars to watch out for, with Everton’s Jack Rodwell being one of them.
Name: Jack Rodwell
Position: Central Midfielder
Jack Rodwell enjoyed a hugely impressive season in 2009/2010, establishing himself as one of Everton’s top midfield stars with some commanding performances. After talk of potential big-money offers for the youngster, he has committed his future to Everton, and will look to be cementing his place in the heart of midfield this campaign.
Rodwell joined the Everton youth system at the age of 7, making his Under-18s debut at 14 and his debut for Everton’s reserve team at the age of 15. Rodwell made his senior debut against Dutch side AZ Alkmaar at the age of 16 years and 284 days, breaking the club’s record for their youngest player to appear in European competition.
After starting his career at the club as a central defender, Rodwell has slowly been moved up the park, and has been deployed as an attacking midfielder during pre-season. He showed his goalscoring talent last season, finishing superply in the team’s 3-1 win against Manchester United and producing two spectacular strikes against Czeck side SK Sigma Olomouc in the Europa League.
He is remarkably mature for a young player and is well-built, with no fear of getting stuck in. With such natural ability, there is no reason why Rodwell cannot go on to become one of the stars of the Premier League this season.
Rodwell has 11 caps for the England Under-21 sides and there were even rumours of a possible inclusion in the senior England Squad prior to the World Cup. Perhaps the dynamism and enthusiasm of a young Jack Rodwell could have done England some good…………