Manager Sam Allardyce has criticised Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell’s disciplinary record in the Daily Star.
Rodwell has only made six starting appearances in the Premier League, but he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Chelsea.
That yellow card means that he will be suspended for Sunderland’s next match against Manchester City and Allardyce has urged the midfielder to clean up his act.
“I was surprised to learn that he is suspended because he hasn’t played that much,” Allardyce said.
“He has to control himself more because against Chelsea he did give away a lot of fouls and deserved his booking.
“He’s not tackling for the sake of winning the ball. He keeps missing it and fouling the player.”
Rodwell has made 13 appearances in all competitions this season, but most of his displays have come as a substitute.
In those matches, Rodwell has averaged 1.5 tackles per match, and his success rate is fairly high - at 94%. He has however given away 12 fouls.
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The England international is still lacking match sharpness, having picked up a series of injuries over recent seasons.
Rodwell has struggled to stay of the treatment table, and he recently went to see a specialist to try to get to the bottom of his fitness issues.
His absence against City will be a blow for Sunderland in what is an important fixture for Allardyce’s men.
The Black Cats have lost their last three matches, leaving them five points away from safety and in dire need of victories heading into 2016.