Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has set a new Premier League record after making his 35th start in the division without being on the winning side.
The 25-year-old was present as Sunderland suffered a 4-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon, and has now gone over three years without starting and winning in the top-flight.
Rodwell’s time at Sunderland could hardly have gone worse
Jack Rodwell signed for Sunderland from Manchester City in 2014 for around £10M, and has gone on to make 33 Premier League starts without being on the winning end. The England international has operated at the heart of the Sunderland midfield in the last two years but hasn’t been able to turn their fortunes around when fit. Sunderland have been so used to being embroiled in relegation battles that wins have been few and far between, and Rodwell hasn’t been fit enough for a run of games to make a real impact.
This season sees Sunderland rock bottom of the Premier League with two points after 10 games, and it doesn’t seem likely that Rodwell will end his duck any time soon. David Moyes’ men looked doomed in 2016/17 already, and the former Everton and Man City man faces the prospect of relegation as things stand. After struggling for game time and fitness at City, Rodwell’s move to Sunderland was supposed to see him resurrect his fledgling career, but things have spiraled considerably in the North-East.
Other bad-omen players in the Premier League
Real Madrid Gareth Bale endured similar fortunes as Jack Rodwell after signing for Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton. The Welsh international went 22 games without being on the winning side for Spurs, but would later become a key player and world-class forward in the Spanish La Liga. He’s third in the list to Rodwell. Ex-Derby County man Darren Moore is second as he went 29 games without a win, but Rodwell’s record is all the more shocking given it’s over two years.
In fact, the last time Jack Rodwell started and won in a Premier League game was back in 2013 with former side Manchester City. Sunderland’s current plight will likely extend the wait for Rodwell, and Sunderland are 1/4 to suffer relegation from the Premier League this season as a result. The 25-year-old has been on winning sides in cup competitions, but Sunderland’s ongoing strugglers in the division has led to Rodwell setting an ignominious record that he will be desperate to end.