The former Everton youth star broke through on Merseyside and later earned a big-money move to Manchester City.
Rodwell lost his way at the Etihad Stadium, however, and his early performances in a Sunderland shirt didn’t replicate those dazzling displays he once produced at Everton.
Allardyce, however, believes glimpses of the old Rodwell are starting to show at the Stadium of Light, and the player may now prove key in the club’s bid to fight off relegation.
“There has been the emergence of Jack Rodwell recently and that is encouraging. He has started to show a bit of what they expected when they bought him from Manchester City,” Allardyce told the Mirror.
“We have tried to give him a platform to produce that talent and he has started to do it.”
Rodwell has profited from Lee Cattermole’s unfortunate injury layoff to earn himself a regular starting spot in Sunderland first-team. The 25-year-old has started the last three Premier League fixtures for the Black Cats, with all three ending in draws, the draw with North East rivals Newcastle United.
West Bromwich Albion visit the Sunderland this weekend, and Sam Allardyce will be hopeful his midfielder can stand up to the Baggies’ play and help his side earn all three points.