Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has confirmed that he was delighted with new signing Jack Rodwell’s performance on his Black Cats debut. Rodwell played for well over an hour in the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
The Uruguayan was full of praise for Rodwell and speaking to the media Poyet said :
“He (Rodwell) started well and then we killed him for 20 minutes without the ball. We made him only defend, which of course is going to help us, but we need to give him the ball.
In the second half I was very pleased – (it was) the Jack Rodwell we want to see, driving with the ball, getting to the edge of the box, winning (the ball), turning, passing.
I was tempted to leave him on the pitch for a bit longer but I think it was enough and I think he will get better and better.”
Rodwell moved to the Stadium of Light from Manchester City where he didn’t feature regularly for the English Champions due to injuries and the competition at the Etihad. Rodwell admitted that he was delighted at being given the chance to join Sunderland and if he can stay fit could be a real asset for Sunderland and England in the future.