Blades boss, Chris Wilder, has confirmed that the club are indeed taking a look at Jack Rodwell.
Rodwell is without a club since leaving Blackburn Rovers in the summer. It was rumoured a few weeks back that he was being put through his paces at Bramall Lane.
However, speaking ahead of the Blades’ trip to Brighton this weekend, Chris Wilder has moved to confirm he is taking a look at Rodwell.
“We’re looking at him. He’s looking at us. It’s something that might develop,” Wilder said. (Andy Giddings, Radio Sheffield).
The 28-year-old has been seen as something of a failure throughout his career. After breaking through at Everton, he sealed a big-money move to Manchester City.
However, a number of injuries and competition for places meant Rodwell’s time with City was underwhelming, to say the least. He moved on to Sunderland on big wages, contributing little as the club dropped out of the Premier League.
Since then, he has played for Blackburn Rovers, where he found some sort of form under Tony Mowbray.
Rodwell could well be the sort of signing Chris Wilder can get going. Indeed, this is something that some Sheffield United fans were keen to point out on Twitter.
Wilder could sign the Yorkshire ripper and I would trust him.
— John Curtis (@Johncurtis1889) December 19, 2019
I remember everyone wondering what Wilder was thinking when he signed McGoldrick……
— Mark Deffley™⚔ (@BlademarkSUFC) December 19, 2019
Chris wilder turning rodwell into a xavi is imminent
— Jack Yeardley (@jackyeardleyy) December 19, 2019
Some fans were a bit more cautious when it came to Rodwell, however…
Ravs not managed to get in the team so cnt see Rodwell making it.
— EckyBlade86 (@EckyMark) December 19, 2019
Surely it’s a upgrade on a squad player, better than say freeman stearman
— shane rowley (@srowley88) December 19, 2019
While some Blades fans wanted to remind people of his credentials before his disastrous spells at City and Sunderland…
Don’t think he’s a bad player just think he wasn’t worth the money he was on at Sunderland so it paints a bad picture
— joe firth (@firth1502) December 19, 2019
3 England caps, Man City signed him for 15 million, still only 28. Let’s get him fit and watch him dance.
— Josh ⚔️ (@josh_mcveigh1) December 19, 2019
There’s certainly something there with Jack Rodwell. You don’t play for Everton and City without having something about you as a footballer.
He’s lost his way a bit. As one of the tweets above points out, his big wages at Sunderland did little to help his reputation. Obviously, his performances didn’t help matters either.
But, we’ve seen Chris Wilder bring in unfancied players before and do well. David McGoldrick is the prime example of this. If Rodwell could get anywhere near the level of McGoldrick, then Blades fans will be more than happy.
If it’s a free transfer, then the signing of Jack Rodwell could well be a no brainer for the Blades and Wilder.