After joining Manchester City in January, Jack Rodwell has received plenty of criticism for moving because of financial reasons.
Despite being one of the main men at Everton, Rodwell decided to join the Premier League Champions and it definitely raised a few eyebrows.
Former City midfielder Adam Johnson – who has since joined Sunderland – has advised young England players against going to the Etihad Stadium.
The Daily Mail reports how Johnson said: “Now, if I was a young lad, I wouldn’t go to City.”
“It is excellent when a club like City come in for you, hard to turn down. But you don’t actually play for the champions.”
However, as the Sun reports today, Rodwell is more than happy with his decision, saying that he can improve as a player while at Manchester City.
The England international said: “When the champions come knocking, it’s hard to refuse.”
“I’m young and English. I’ve not got a bad word to say about City. If they want you and sign you, then they have got intent for you.”
Rodwell did then admit it has been ‘hard to adjust’ after so long at Everton, but in time, he hopes to settle down and make a real impact this season.
The problem for the midfielder is that City will keep improving the squad. So, if he fails to make an impact this season, where does he go from there?
Realistically, Rodwell needs to make at least some impact before January, by which time Roberto Mancini could be willing to spend big again.
Then, the former Everton man moves further down the pecking order.