'I'm still adjusting' - Jack Rodwell on the differences at Sunderland

Jack Rodwell

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has commented on the differences between his new club and Manchester City.

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell admits that he is still adjusting to life at the Stadium of Light.

The £10 million transfer from Manchester City has been plunged into first-team action by Gus Poyet after being forced to sit on the sidelines during his time at the Etihad Stadium and it has been quite a transition for the youngster.

Although Rodwell hasn't recaptured his best yet, he has still shown flashes of quality and he will be hoping to build on this as the season progresses.

“If you’re asking me is it different from Manchester City, then yes, it is different," he said to the Sunderland Echo.

“At Manchester City, we were always on the ball and playing and we try to do that here at Sunderland as well.

“But we also play a three in central midfield here, whereas I am used to playing in a two, so that is a new style, a new system for me.

“It something I’m still adjusting to, but I’m getting there.

“I’m playing a bit further upfield, too.

“I’m starting off further up the pitch in my starting position, whereas in a two I might start a bit deeper and end up there.

“So I’m getting used to starting in that position too, I suppose.”

As a youngster at Everton, Rodwell was identified as one of England's best young talents, but his career rather stagnated at City.

The hope is that Gus Poyet will be able to nurture him back to his best and if he is able to find his optimum performance levels once again then he can be a bargain.

The Black Cats are looking to push on after only surviving in the Premier League thanks to a miraculous escape last year and Rodwell's signing was thought to be a sign of their intentions.

So far, progress has been slow though, with wins proving hard to come by. 

Poyet's men have won just once over the opening of the season and, although they have proven tough to beat, the three points will have to start being collected more regularly after the international break if they are to achieve a mid-table finish this time around. 

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