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Jags Says Jack Can Attack

Blues defender thinks Rodwell can blossom further upfield.

Jags Says Jack Can Attack

Phil Jagielka believes Jack Rodwell could flourish as an attacking midfielder.

So far in his fledgling career, Rodwell has been transformed from a central defender at youth team level into a defensive midfielder.

But in recent weeks he's been operating in a more advanced midfield role, scoring goals against Manchester United and Hull City before setting Everton's second in the 2-0 win over Manchester City.

“We scored two fantastic goals, but the second one shows you how Jack is growing up.

“He is coming on and playing important roles in games. A lot of people think that because Jack has played defensive roles all of his career that ultimately he will be more suited to that.

“But he’s a young lad and one of the better athletes in our team. His touch is immaculate, his vision’s good and he’s right and left footed. If we can get him running at teams as proven by the Manchester United game and tonight there are more dimensions to his game."

Jagielka even likened Rodwell's emergence to that of Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool player who has transformed into an effective attacking midfielder after breaking through in a more defensive role.

“It took Steven Gerrard a couple of seasons to shrug off the defensive midfielder tag and become an all-round midfielder and now he’s obviously a goal-scoring attacking midfielder. Where Jack will end up I wouldn’t put any money on, but at the moment if we are positive with him we can put him out there. When he came on for Ossie in the Hull game he did fantastic again.

“He is happy and if he is setting up goals and scoring goals, then he is going to be progressing very well.”

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Mick EganJack is undoubtedly a star in the making, I just hope we can keep him to continue Everton's push for bigger and better things!! Well done Rodders.........COYB

Friday 26th March 10:44 Report Comment

alexis leungIndeed we have quite a few young stars : Rodwell, Gosling and Coleman. I don't think the later two will be anywhere far behind Jack. As for Jags, he should have a call from Capello. Jags is a guy who can cause his CB partner play well. Distin has been playing his best games when Jags is back.

Friday 26th March 03:27 Report Comment

Declan RyanRodwell has only just turned 19 and he's already a top player! He's an important player in our squad and not just a name to fill the numbers on the bench and i wouldnt hesitate in the slightest to play him! He's the complete package already,great with both feet,great passing and vision, he can head the ball,he can tackle, he can run with the ball and he can shoot...i think it wont take long for him to be better than gerrard!!

Thursday 25th March 23:43 Report Comment

Joseph CorderoId put my money on him. Stay with Everton whos passion is infectious. I know I am an Everton fan for life. Actually Everton is the only team I like from Europe after transitioning from MLS. of course LD started my passion but Evertonians kept it!

Thursday 25th March 18:06 Report Comment

Malcolm BubbGreat work last night, once again, from Jack. I'd like to see him make even more of an impact on our play, when he comes on.

Thursday 25th March 17:26 Report Comment

Paul BatesJags has a very good point over jack becoming a strong attacking midfielder. Stay a Blue and help Everton become the best in Europe and the world, this club is bigger than any club in the world and Everton supporters are the most passionate in the world. Bar NONE!

Thursday 25th March 14:01 Report Comment

Wai Kin Lowrodwell already prove to us many times that he can score. now he can deliver as well. i watched the replay and saw him run briliantly to the right and then make a wonderful pass to arteta to finish it!!! he is gonna be better than gerrard!!!

Thursday 25th March 13:46 Report Comment
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