Jack Rodwell must secure his place in the Manchester City team this season

Jack Rodwell

The midfielder gave an excellent display in the win over Chelsea, but still has work to do to ensure that he is a regular starter for Manchester City next year.

According to the player himself, Jack Rodwell has tried almost everything in his attempts to reduce the frequency of injuries he sustains, from changing his pillows to ditching his sports car in favour of a posture improving 4x4.

Finally, and everyone should be scrambling to touch wood with crossed fingers, it seems to be working, with the midfielder now match fit and ready to impress for the club that paid £12 million for him in the summer.

However at Manchester City being match fit far from guarantees playing time, as another summer arrival, Scott Sinclair, will no doubt testify. With one of the most expensively assembled squads in the history of the game at his disposal, Roberto Mancini has plenty of talented options to call on, and it can be very hard to make an impression in the short substitute appearances that are the only chance given to many players.

With that in mind, and another summer window on the horizon where City could buy yet more players, Jack Rodwell must make it absolutely clear he deserves a place in the first team by the end of this season.

If Manchester City have no doubts about him, then they will not feel the need to add more players in the centre of the park, or even if they do Rodwell will at least be higher up the pecking order come August.

Rodwell has to do this in two ways, firstly by staying fit, and secondly by continuing to impress on the pitch. In regards to his fitness, a lot will come down to luck, and that is not something that has been on his side in the past. Hopefully the new pillows will do the trick.

In terms of form, Rodwell might find himself in a side with little play for come April, too far behind of Manchester United to win the title and too far ahead of the rest to worry about dripping out of second place.

In that situation it can be hard to impress, but given that Rodwell should be relatively fresh and incredibly motivated, he should be able to stand out enough to start next season in the first eleven.

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