Peter Reid has warned that Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell are examples of why English prospects should not take the first big move that is available to them, in quotes in the Daily Mirror.
Sinclair and Rodwell both moved to Manchester City after impressing for Swansea City and Everton as youngsters, but they failed to break into the first-team at the Etihad Stadium.
Since, their careers have gone downhill with both Sinclair and Rodwell struggling for game-time at Aston Villa and Sunderland, respectively.
And Reid said: “Jack came up through the ranks at Everton, everyone was suitably impressed and he was a huge talent. Strong, good on the ball and an excellent prospect.
“Fair play to him, he backed himself to go to City. There’s a few English lads who went to City and it didn’t work. Scott Sinclair is another one.
“I can understand them going to City. It’s a great club, great set-up and you can win trophies. But you can’t if you’re not playing. And that’s the problem.
“Now he has gone to Sunderland and he’s still not playing. What is that telling you?”
Rodwell was brought to Sunderland in the summer of 2014, but he has struggled to make an impression at the Stadium of Light.
The England international was a energetic, box-to-box midfielder at Everton, but he has failed to show his best form since being on Wearside.
Sinclair, meanwhile, is playing a rotational role at Villa – and most his appearances have come off the bench this season.
The rapid attacker was a key player for Swansea, but he has never been given such a prominent role since leaving the Welsh club, and he will be hoping to get his career back on track soon.