Why forgotten midfielder Jack Rodwell must leave Manchester City

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Jack Rodwell arrived at Manchester City as one of the nation's most promising talents, now he must seek a move or risk sinking into footballing obscurity.

Rodwell completed a £12m move from Everton in August 2012 after the then 21-year-old's quality performances had impressed at Goodison Park and resulted in the youngster breaking into the England set up. 

Rodwell scored twice on the final day of the 2012-13 in a 3-2 victory over Norwich, but in truth the 23-year-old has only ever been on the outskirts of the first team making only 16 Premier League appearances for the club, and falling even further out of favour during Manuel Pellegrini's reign.  

The Chilean handed a mere five Premier League appearances to the 6"2 midfielder last season and doesn't seem to have Rodwell in mind for any of his future plans. 

With Fernandinho, Yaya Toure and Javi Garcia all preferred ahead of Rodwell, competition is fierce at the Etihad and it may be time for the Englishman to seek a move elsewhere if he is to fulfil is undoubted potential. 

There has been speculation that Rodwell could make a return to Everton this summer whilst Newcastle United are also thought to be keen on the forgotten man

Gareth Barry enjoyed a successful loan spell at Everton from Manchester City last season, and if reports are to be believed the Toffees are set to sign the 33-year-old in an £11m deal.

Should Barry make the move it is unlikely Everton will have the financial power to fund a further bid for Jack Rodwell, potentially leaving the door open for Newcastle United to pounce.

Southampton may also have gaps to fill in their midfield depending on the future of both Adam Lallana and Morgan schneiderlin. Both have been linked with a move to Liverpool and should deals be done, the Saints could be interested in a move for Rodwell.  

Still at such a young age Rodwell has plenty of time to get his career back on track, but to do so he must put Manchester City behind him and look to ply his trade elsewhere,  he may just be the bargain of the summer for one club. 

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