Manchester City Misfit To Be Given West Brom Lifeline

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New West Brom manager Alan Irvine is set to go after Manchester City outcast Jack Rodwell.

Newly appointed West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine wants to make Manchester City man Jack Rodwell his first signing at The Hawthorns, according to reports in the Daily Star.

Rodwell has become something of a forgotten man at the City of Manchester Stadium, having made just eight appearances in a blue shirt since Manuel Pellegrini replaced Roberto Mancini at the end of last season.

The former Everton midfielder had been rated as one of England’s brightest young prospects before he swapped Merseyside for Manchester, but his progress has stalled completely since the move due to both a succession of injuries and a lack of playing time.

Rodwell does have three caps for England, but he hasn’t looked like adding to that number for a long time after failing to establish himself as first choice at City.

His case is reminiscent of that of Scott Sinclair, a player who joined City from Swansea City before stagnating due to a lack of football before joining West Brom on loan last summer and failing to impress during his season in the West Midlands.

Both were largely believed to have been signed to aid with meeting homegrown player restrictions in the Champions League, perhaps indicating why they have found first team football so difficult to come by.

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