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Manchester City signed defensive midfielder Jack Rodwell for a reported £15 million in August (via The Guardian). With Nigel de Jong destined for the exit later that month, the move made some sense, at least in theory.
But then City signed the more experienced Javi Garcia at the transfer deadline for another £15.8 million (via Daily Telegraph).
Neither player has made much of an impact. Hampered by injuries, Garcia has appeared in only six league matches (four starts). Rodwell, who has been guilty of making a number of errors early in his City career, has appeared only five times (two starts).
According to the player ratings at WhoScored.com, Rodwell has been City's third-worst player this season. He might yet improve, but it's difficult to see him getting a long enough run in the side to grow the way he needs to as a player.
If City aren't prepared to sell, perhaps a loan move would help Rodwell.