Today sees the return of the Premiership Player Profile with the profile of Everton youngster, Jack Rodwell.
Only 18 years of age, and Jack Rodwell has quickly established himself as one of the hottest prospects in English football. The defensive midfielder from Southport has already represented two different age groups of England 14 times in his career.
At 14 years of age, Rodwell made his debut for the U-18’s at Everton before quickly jumping to the reserves at the age of 15.
The youth set up at Everton has been regarded as one of the best in the league, as the club have seen Jack Rodwell join the likes of Victor Anichebe, James Vaughan, Leon Osman as up and coming stars of the today’s game, as well as the Manchester United and England superstar Wayne Rooney, who also came from the Everton academy.
Rodwell has a bright future ahead of him
Rodwell made his senior debut in the UEFA Cup against AZ Alkmaar at the age of just 16.
A few months later and Rodwell added to the Alkmaar game by coming on as a substitute to make his Premier League debut. This wasn’t his last game of the season, as he came on as a substitute in the final league game of the 2007/2008 season. From then on, the midfielder was rated as an exciting prospect.
Come the next season, the England youngster started his first senior game for Everton against Blackburn. Over the course of the season, Rodwell played more and more games, before he was given a contract extension which he signed, taking his current contract expiry date to 2014.
Rodwell started his first game in Europe for the Toffees in the 2009/2010 season against SK Sigma Olomouc. Rodwell celebrated this feat by scoring two long range efforts in a 4-0 win for the Merseyside Club.
Rodwell celebrates for Everton
Rodwell’s performances have seen him being lined up for a potential move to Premier League Champions Manchester United – the same team, former Everton youngster Wayne Rooney joined.
Rodwell is rated highly amongst the Old Trafford backing room, and has even been seen as a potential replacement for United’s centre back, Rio Ferdinand. However, Old Trafford is not the only destination Rodwell has been reportedly set for. Amongst United, links have been made with Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea and even Spanish giants Real Madrid.
On the other hand, it has not just been club movement surrounding Rodwell’s future, but also Internationally.
The Everton youngster has been highly tipped to move up the ladder in the England set up and join the senior team in time to come.
Rodwell battles for the ball with Paul Scholes
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