So a couple of days after Roberto Mancini calls out Manchester City’s football administrator Brian Marwood over the club’s failure to sign any new players this summer, City finally sign their first player: Everton reserve Jack Rodwell for £12m. The 21-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year deal at City for in excess of £100,000-a-week.
Rodwell has already given his first interview for CityTV which you can see below:
I know a lot of people like Rodwell. The midfielder he is expected to play for England against Italy this week, but does he really make the Premier League Champions better?
I expect that Mancini is looking at an immediate replacement for Nigel Do Jong in central midfield as he appears to be heading to Inter, and a long-term replacement for Gareth Barry. That sort of planning is all well and good, but City’s goals this season are to retain the title and win the Champions League. Does Jack Rodwell help City reach those goals? I don’t think so.
Rodwell has struggled with injuries and inconsistency over the last year or so, starting only 31 league games for Everton over the last two seasons. And with a midfield of Barry, Yaya Toure, Silva and Nasri I cannot see Rodwell making even that many appearances over the next two seasons.
And that is my point. If you add in his wages and transfer fee, Rodwell will cost Manchester City over £40 million over the next five players. That is a lot of money for potential. A lot of money that will not help you this season.
On the flip side, its a great piece of business by Everton. They get a big cash infusion that David Moyes can use to freshen up the squad and it means that they can now probably hold onto Leighton Baines, who has been rumoured to be heading to Old Trafford all summer.
What do you think of Rodwell? Is he a good signing for Man City?