Even though pre-season is just a few weeks away, there is still a lot of uncertainty around the immediate future of certain players following on from the end of last season.
One such example is Blackburn’s Jack Rodwell.
Having joined a short term deal in August following his much discussed departure from Sunderland last summer, it has yet to be decided whether the former England international will remain at Ewood Park for next season.
Rovers manager Tony Mowbray recently revealed to The Lancashire Telegraph that he is set to meet the player’s representatives to discuss his future at the club, something which he believes will be decided by how much game time Rodwell feels he can get at Ewood Park.
With the same report previously stating that there is interest in Rodwell from Italian top flight sides Torino and Sassuolo, it would seem that he will not short of options should he chose to move on from Rovers in the summer.
So should Blackburn look to keep Rodwell at Ewood Park for next season?
Here, Football League World puts the spotlight on Rodwell’s performances for the club during the previous campaign to find out.
It should be noted first that Rodwell’s change in position midway through the season – reverting from a central defensive role to his more natural position in midfield – may well affect these statistics, due to the change in what was required of him.
Even so, it appears that Rodwell’s midfield pedigree became apparent at times during his stint at centre back, with Darragh Lenihan and Charlie Mulgrew, Rovers other two centre half regulars, averaging three and two more clearances per game than Rodwell respectively.
Despite that, the ex-Everton man does fare better with regards to tackles per game, with the former England international’s average of 1.1 per game holding up well against Lenihan’s average of 1.3 per game, and even beating Mulgrew’s return of 0.9 per game.
What is perhaps more concerning is that while the likes of Lenihan and Mulgrew were among Rovers’ biggest contributors with regards to passes per game – both averaging around 40 – Rodwell was significantly lower, averaging just 28 per game, leaving him 16th on that list.
With Mowbray hinting that Rodwell’s future may well come down to game time, it appears that the midfielder turned defender turned midfielder again may struggle to force himself into first team contention at Ewood Park next season, and that could mean that his stay in Lancashire is over.