Barkley beware! Former Everton prodigy eager to return from Etihad nightmare

Jack Rodwell

As United stories continue, Rodwell's rumoured return from Manchester City shows the grass isn't always greener on the other, more well-paid side.

He may have a League Cup winners medal, and a couple of runners up spots in last year's Premier League and FA Cup, but Jack Rodwell has gone from one of the most promising footballers of his generation and a genuine England hopeful to somewhat of a forgotten man.

The Mail reports that Toffees supremo Roberto Martinez had a deal lined up to take the former Everton man back to the club only to see it fall through once City's own move for Porto midfielder Fernando stall.

Rodwell moved to City for £12 million in 2012 only to see a series of injuries disrupt his debut season, and Manuel Pellegrini's appointment further hindered his prospects at the club. After only 8 appearance all season and none since January, it is very likely the England international will be looking to move on once the transfer window reopens.

The fortunes of Rodwell will help provide a stark warning for Everton's new star Ross Barkley, who has coincidently not only replaced the City midfielder in the Toffees midfield, but also his place on the fringes of the national team's World Cup squad.

With Barkley sure to be the subject of much attention from the Premier League big boys in the summer, the Star recently reported that both Manchester clubs are interested in him, it is likely he will see the the chance to stay at Everton and get regular football as a more than viable alternative to a move, especially as Roberto Martinez continues to have them playing outstanding football and threatening the top four.

A move to former boss David Moyes at Manchester United might see him turning out for a higher profile club and earning more money, but given the status of United and the uncertainty of Moyes' tenure, increased competition for places and the prospect of a change in manager are something he may well be facing.

And if he is unsure how that might impact his career he only has to ask the man that is itching to return from his failed departure to the Premier League elite.

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