Sunderland's Jack Rodwell explains what he believes his natural position is

Sunderland's Jack Rodwell

Rodwell explains he is a versatile player, but likes playing at the heart of the defence.

Sunderland's Jack Rodwell in action against Dijon's Julio Tavares (L)

Sunderland's Jack Rodwell has said that he would like to play at centre-back under David Moyes - who he has been reunited with following the Scot's appointment as manager at the Stadium of Light. 

Rodwell has been used in central midfield for much of his career, at Everton and Manchester City prior to his move to Wearside.

He is no stranger to playing at the heart of a defence, and it is seemingly where he wants to play in the coming years.

Rodwell told the Sunderland Echo: “I do believe I am naturally a centre-half, but whether he chooses to play me there this season, or if he starts me in midfield, then he knows I can fill those other positions.

Sunderland manager David Moyes

“He knows I can fill in at right-back now too. Hopefully, ideally within the next few years, I would like to step back to centre-half, whether it is this season or not, I am happy to play anywhere for the team.

“The manager has played me right-back and centre-back and I have played midfield too."

One major positive for both the player and the manager is that Rodwell is pretty versatile, and that is particularly positive when the club is going through difficulties in terms of getting personnel on the pitch, with Sunderland not having that many options at their disposal throughout pre-season so far. 

Although there have been one or two murmurings about strengthening at the heart of the defence, centre-back could be an area that he would find it hard to operate in at the moment with Moyes having Lamine Kone, Younes Kaboul and John O'Shea at his disposal.

Sunderland's Jack Rodwell

Rodwell seems pretty set on playing at the heart of the Sunderland defence and it will be interesting to see where he is used in the coming season. The chances are he could be used in all of the positions he outlined having featured at right-back in the friendly against Borussia Dortmund.

However, a lot will depend on his own fitness as it has been a factor in holding him back in recent years. There is little doubt there is a talented player in there with a good attitude, and if he is available for most of the campaign then he can only be an asset for the side. 

Sunderland manager David Moyes before the match

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