Jack Rodwell wants to leave Sunderland with Celtic interested, but should his statistics make the Scottish champions think twice?
Jack Rodwell’s future as a Sunderland player is in serious doubt after admitting in an interview with the Daily Mail that he would leave the club during the current January transfer window.
Manager Chris Coleman has now reiterated that sentiment when speaking to the press ahead of the Championship clash with Hull City this Saturday (January 20).
“Jack doesn’t want to play for Sunderland. He has told me that, he has told us that. I saw the article,” Coleman told the Sunderland Echo.
The Scotsman reports that Celtic would be interested in signing Rodwell should he leave the Stadium of Light and the Black Cats are prepared to tear up his contract – but the midfielder does not want to walk away from his £70,000-a-week earnings.
It leaves the Wearsiders in a tricky situation, with the 26-year-old the only player who did not have a 40 percent cut to their wages when the club was relegated from the Premier League last season and is contracted with them until 2019.
In fact Rodwell’s entire career at Sunderland sums up perhaps the most expensive mistake in their history and his statistics are enough to make the Hoops question any potential transfer.
Since signing from Manchester City in the summer of 2014 on his £70,000-a-week deal, the England international has earned £12.6m. During that time Rodwell has played 76 matches, equating to £165,789 per game.
Not only that, but with the Everton academy graduate in the team the North East outfit have won only eight times from 76; with the latest coming on 2 April 2017 with a 4-0 victory at Crystal Palace.
Two more of those have come in the League Cup against lower league opposition, while his grand total of minutes played during the six league triumphs is 172.