It wasn't supposed to be like this.
At the conclusion of the last summer transfer window, Maicon and Matija Nastasic were brought on to shore up the back line. Javi Garcia was thought to be the most accomplished player City acquired.
Rodwell came to the Etihad with a reputation as a sound positional defensive midfielder with strong tackling skills and a bit of toughness as well.
Having spent a reported 15 million pounds on him, though, City has seen Rodwell make eight Premier League appearances to little effect.
You say it's too soon to write him off. Maybe.
But consider the evidence.