Sunderland new boy enjoying new challenge

Jack Rodwell with Gus Poyet
Jack Rodwell with Gus Poyet
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JACK Rodwell admits it has been a bit of a culture change adapting to the contrasting style of Sunderland after moving from Premier League champions Manchester City.

But the £10m man is enjoying the challenge of adapting and likes the plans head coach Gus Poyet has for him.

The 23-year-old midfielder told the Echo: “If you’re asking me is it different from Manchester City, then yes, it is different

“At Manchester City, we were always on the ball and playing and we try to do that here at Sunderland as well.

“But we also play a three in central midfield here, whereas I am used to playing in a two, so that is a new style, a new system for me.

“It something I’m still adjusting to, but I’m getting there.

“I’m playing a bit further upfield, too.

“I’m starting off further up the pitch in my starting position, whereas in a two I might start a bit deeper and end up there.

“So I’m getting used to starting in that position too, I suppose.”

Rodwell, though, is excited about the idea of playing more upfield where he will be asked to make and take goals.

“That’s what the manager wants and I’m enjoying it really,” he said.

“I’ve got one goal this season but I’ve had a couple of chances here and there.

“For all of us though it just needs to fall in the right positions – strikers as well – there’s not quite been enough clear-cut chances, but I think they’ll come.”

Rodwell has had more chance to work on his game during the week with international call-ups meaning no Premier League football.

The ex-Evertonian already has three England call-ups under his belt but says that getting back into the international squad is not his priority at the moment.

“If it comes, brilliant, but it’s all about Sunderland at the moment,” he said.