Poyet: Our new £10m man Jack Rodwell must get used to this at Sunderland

Jack Rodwell

Gus Poyet says that Jack Rodwell must get used to seeing less of the ball at Sunderland.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says that Jack Rodwell must get used to not having so much possession of the football at the Stadium of Light.

Although Poyet likes his side to play an attractive style of football, he admits that seeing much of the ball remains a struggle against the bigger teams in the league and this is something which Rodwell must adapt to. 

"Jack Rodwell has come from Man City where they have the ball all day," Poyet explained to the Shields Gazette. “He needs to get used to that feeling of not having the ball.”

Poyet signed Rodwell for £10 million this summer and there is an expectation on him to develop into one of Sunderland's key players.

Although his career has stagnated somewhat at the Etihad he remains a fine talent and a player who has been touted as a potential England star in his younger days and it will be up to Poyet to enable him to rekindle that form.

At 23-years-old, the central-midfielder still has plenty of time to progress and he will be hoping that regular exposure to first-team football can help him reach the levels he once was at Everton.

The initial signs so far have been promising - with Rodwell one of the better performers for the Black Cats so far - but there is still more to come from him.

As he adjusts to playing for his new team, Poyet will hope that Rodwell can prove to be a difference maker for his side as they desperately need match-winners.

Sunderland have proven tough to beat this season, collecting a number of draws, but they are still hunting for their first three points and this remains a worry.

The side only narrowly avoided the drop last campaign and they were expected to improve this time around, but so far progression has been limited. 

The side take on Stoke City this weekend and they will be determined to pick up the victory, whilst avenging the League Cup defeat that the Potters inflicted on them only last month. 

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