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Rodwell Fits The Mould Of Previous City Signings

Manchester City's Jack Rodwell joins a squad boasting exceptional talent in all departments. His shrewd capture fits the bill for the signings made on Sheikh Mansour's watch...

21 year old Rodwell himself revealed to citytv that negotiations with The Blues had been quietly taking place over the past fortnight, typifying the way the club hierarchy tends to stealth bomber it's transfer business whilst Roberto Mancini fields the hacks questions. Furthermore, Rodwell's arrival serves as a reminder that talk of City's signings since Roberto Mancini was appointed manager being reckless is nonsense.

Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and Football Administration Officer Brian Marwood have overseen a policy that has seen the bulk of players signed in the early to mid twenties age bracket with plenty of seasons ahead of them. The aim is to construct a young, trophy hungry squad capable of dominating English football for years to come. Events at Villa Park yesterday proved the City juggernaut is well on track.

Rodwell, with plenty of Premier League experience joins England internationals Micah Richards, Joe Hart, Adam Johnson, James Milner, Joleon Lescott and Gareth Barry in East Manchester. He won't be short of familiar faces. The midfielder goes straight into the buzzing City squad for the league opener against Southampton.



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Su 19 Aug 15h00 Southampton, The Etihad, PL
Sa 25 Aug 15h00 Liverpool, Anfield, PL
Sa 01 Sep 17h30 QPR, The Etihad, PL
Sa 15 Sep 15h00 Stoke, The Britannia Stadium, PL
Su 23 Sep 16h00 Arsenal, The Etihad, PL
Sa 29 Sep 15h00 Fulham, Craven Cottage, PL

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 13 2012

Time: 11:51AM

Your Comments

I'm excited about this signing, bags of potential with this lad especially when his versatility is taken into account.
Bluedub
Wish Jack nothing but the best of luck, gives his all, doesn't have an ego, head down and gets the job done. Sad to see him leave as he is an Everton lad and has been at the club since he was 7, but admittedly, it does make sense financially from our POV and for City, whilst it is a gamble (his injury record is a big concern), the potential plus side should he stay fit is surely worth the gamble from City. Still shocked me how quiet this deal was done, polar opposite to the last time these two clubs dealt with this kind of money.
Rob-EFC
Thanks Rob, I think with so little money about, The Chairman of Everton has backed his manager to the hilt and with this money they can use it to bring in more players to strengthen your squad and not have to pay the premium that we do.
Buzz Lightyear
I'm still quite confused. I don't see him being a first team player or being rotated regularly. With the abundance of cash laying around i'm not sure why someone with a bigger price tag wasn't targeted. My line of thinking leads me to believe that City are trying to keep the club as English as possible and JR is definitely one of the better young English CDM's about.
RyanHotSpur
Ryan, watch this space, Bob does not make too many mistakes when spotting talent and could well befenfit the England set up in the future if the lad improves at City.
Buzz Lightyear
The word around town is that The Blues have been on the look out for a man to replace the position held at the club by Michael Johnson. I recall Rodwell owning our midfield in a win at what was then Eastlands not long ago. He took no prisoners and Everton won. Fitness wise, he'll have to cut it because City have one of the fittest squads in the league. Mancio is a hard task master. - As regards the stunning difference between this signing and Lescottgate, a lot of lessons have been learned at City since Mark Hughes left.
Johnny Baguette
Ryan, what abundance of cash?
Bluedub
De Jong is leaving the only question is when, Inter are trying to do a deal this summer, if not he is out of contract next year. Considering how many games DE Jong played as the third choice central midfielder, Rodwell will get plenty too... plus he can cover in defence, increasing his opportunities. Hasn't stopped the same old bitter lot saying we've only signed Rodwell for the homegrown quota and will ruin his career, though.
StuMCFC
Rob EFC, don't mention the L word!
RobsonGreensleeves
We have a lot of games to play this season, and Yaya is gone for January once again. This is a great signing and a sign that we will be getting younger still. I am quite glad it happened.
PhillyBlueMoon
Much happier to be purchasing a player of Rodwell's age and potential than someone like Van Persie if I'm honest. Rodwell may have a fair bit to learn, but he definitely looks like he could develop into an excellent player. Everyone knows RVP is an excellent player already, but it really isn't like City to splash the cash on someone who will soon be in decline.
fifthcolumnblue
StuMCFC - You could be right. No malice or bitterness intended i was just a little taken back by the choice. There is an abundance of better CM's out there and you have the funds to bring them to City yet Rodwell was snapped up. Maybe he will see more games than your young English centreback but only time will tell.
RyanHotSpur
What young English centre back? The funds are not there at City like they previously were Ryan, FFP is restricting that.
Bluedub
I've been racking my brain trying to figure out who this young English centre back is and I can only assume you're referring to our young English right back Richards, 37 apps 36 starts last season Richards which would have been more if he weren't on the treatment table every couple of months, the best English right back in the PL Richards, who for some bizarre reason can't get into the England set up. Is it him you're referring to Ryan?
Bluedub
I've been racking my brain trying to figure out who this young English centre back is and I can only assume you're referring to our young English right back Richards, 37 apps 36 starts last season Richards which would have been more if he weren't on the treatment table every couple of months, the best English right back in the PL Richards, who for some bizarre reason can't get into the England set up. Is it him you're referring to Ryan?
Bluedub
This is a brilliant signing for the Champions, Rodwell's versatility is going to be very useful. He is clearly a cheaper alternative to De Rossi, but after reading his first interview, I really hope he does well and the club(He seems pretty confident in his own ability).
C.Hooley
Roadwell is a good player,s a very good signing by city, he will make a very good impact along with other city quality players.
Rayncity
 

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