YOU'RE ALRIGHT, JACK?
Jack Rodwell has said this is a "massive season" for him. He says injury cut into his form last season and he's determined to make sure it doesn't happen this season. Amen to that, Jack Lad.
Nobody doubts how good Jack is if he fulfills his potential. But that's the problem......will he?
Last season he spent so much of his time passing the ball across the park instead of forward or through, a lot of fans said he was a busted flush and he wasn't going to make it. Also, you could count on one hand the number of forward runs he made. Because of these two defects you couldn't blame the fans who thought he wasn't going to develop as everyone hoped.
Maybe this is why (so far) nobody has made a public bid for him. Perhaps they are waiting to see how he will fare this season. If he has a good first half to the season you'll be able to tell how good by whether any bids are made at the next transfer window. He's already been linked to Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, and even laughably Tottenham.
We're betting he comes through in style if he avoids injury. But he's going to get more physical stick in the midfield battle because the every pro in the Prem knows just how good he can be.
By professional player standards he's not a kid any more. Over to you Jack. You've now got something to prove.
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