Jack Rodwell has fired a warning to the rest of the Premier League that he is not even 100% fit yet.
Rodwell has been plunged into first-team football at Sunderland following a move from Manchester City and has made a good impression, but he has revealed today that he still feels short of his best.
The central-midfielder has had to watch the last two seasons from the sidelines, as first time chances were limited at City, and he admits that he still doesn't feel quite up to speed.
“I’m definitely getting there and I should be properly ready by the time the next game comes around,“ he said to the Sunderland Echo.
“The first few games, you’re just feeling your way in and getting your fitness – I still am.
“But I am feeling better each game, and, after the international break, hopefully I will be back to 100 per cent.”
Rodwell, therefore, may be grateful for the two week break, as he looks to build on the solid start that he has made at his new club.
His transfer to Sunderland was one of the more intriguing ones to happen in the Premier League this summer, and Gus Poyet will certainly be hoping to rekindle him back to his very best.
Rodwell was a match-winner when he burst onto the scene as a teenager at Everton and if he gets back to that sort of form then the Black Cats will have picked up a bargain.
It may also be what Sunderland need, as they have struggled for victories so far this season.
Although they won their last fixture before the break - 3-1 against Stoke City - Sunderland have found it hard to collect three points from fixtures.
The good news for the side is that they are proving tough to beat, but unless they increase the regularity of their wins then another season of looking over their shoulders could ensue.
Rodwell certainly has the ability to be able to drive them away from the relegation zone and he will be hoping to do that when he is back to full-fitness.