Jack Rodwell’s response when asked if he will play centre-back for Sunderland

Jack Rodwell

Sunderland midfielder Rodwell has no problem with changing position to defence.

Sunderland boss Allardyce was forced to move Jack Rodwell into a centre-back position in the 6-2 loss to Everton, and the midfielder has told the Sunderland Echo that he has no problem with playing in defence if the manager asks him to later in the season.

Rodwell said: “It’s a comfortable position for me [centre-back]. It’s where I played as a youth team player, all the way up to England Under-21s really. It’s when I started playing in the first team at Everton, that I got moved into midfield. But it’s a position I feel comfortable in and if the manager wants me to play there, then I’m happy to do it.”

Allardyce placed Rodwell in the back-line midway through the loss to Everton, in an attempt to stop the Toffees running riot through the Black Cats, although he failed to properly impress in that defensive role.

Naturally a holding midfielder, Rodwell actually started his career as a central defender, and his game in midfield shares many of the same traits as a centre-back has to show.

Sunderland’s defensive play has been one of the worst parts of their game this season, with no player in the back-line ever really impressing, and Allardyce could make a worse move than play Rodwell in a deeper role.

The 24-year-old has not performed well in a midfield role since moving to the Stadium of Light, and placing him in defence could not only save Sunderland’s season, but it could also revive Rodwell’s career as a Premier League-level player.

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