Lampard arrival pushes midfield outcast closer to Manchester City exit

Jack Rodwell

Jack Rodwell could soon be departing the champions with Frank Lampard set to join.

The 23-year-old's future at The Etihad looks even bleaker as Frank Lampard is set to join the club on loan until January.

Since Rodwell's transfer from Everton in 2012, he has seen his career go backwards in many aspects. Blighted by injuries and inability to break into the first team has limited the midfielder to just 16 league appearances in two seasons for City.

With the surprising loan of Frank Lampard, aged 36, from New York City, The Citizens have shown just how little faith they have in the youngster, who has three England caps to his name.

Whilst playing in an Everton shirt he looked as though he would one day be a star player for club and country. The only way he is going to regain that title is if he leaves Manuel Pellegrini's side, and joins a club where he is going to get sufficient playing time.

He will certainly not have to look very far for potential suitors as Premier League clubs and European clubs are currently lining up for his signature.

Sunderland are the latest club to join the race, and they will have to battle with Southampton and Napoli, who have both been credited with a very strong interest in the versatile player, who can play in central defence or midfield. 

It's likely that City will take a hit on the £12 million that they paid Everton for him with the Daily Star claiming Rodwell will only cost admiring clubs £9 million.

Rodwell would be sensible to remain in England and join a team like Southampton and Sunderland where there will be less pressure and more playing time. Both clubs are desperate for new signings and Southampton are well-known for developing English talents.

Scott Sinclair's situation in Manchester is almost identical to Rodwell's. He looked impressive at Swansea, but has rarely played at City and couldn't even get into West Brom's first team whilst on loan last season. It's as if the pair were only signed so that City would comply with the Premier League's home grown quota rule.

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