He was out for the second half of the past two seasons whereby our form has picked up. I'm not saying it's down to him being out, just pointing out I don't think he's as essential as is being made out. He isn't the best dm in the league and he isn't very creative either and rarely scores. He is a solid centre midfielder who has dominated certain games, but is that enough for the vast amount of money we are paying for him?
I think we have to explore all options in generating money on order to buy players in positions we need. And if he isn't interested in signing a contract, we need to establish that asap and then act accordingly and actually learn from history before we let yet another player leave on the cheap.
Rodwell's value is falling by the day imo, so I don't think we're going to get the funds required by his sale, so we have to look at alternatives. It's that simple.
quite right, no one is bigger than the club, but two things. Firstly, I understand that Football is a game of buying and selling. It always has it always will. Better players than Rodwell and Fellaini have and will come and go. That's the nature of the game. What I don't like or agree with is the idea that this club is some sort of stepping stone for their future. I want Rodwell, Fellaini and any other bright young stars to come to Everton and feel that this is the Club that they can achieve what they wish in the career. At the moment, unless underachieving and being the perennial underdog is all they aspire to be, then we'll never be in a position to offer that and quite frankly I don't want that kind of player at Everton. That being said, every player has a price and we do need to figure out what is best for the club. As much as it galls me, selling the likes of Rodwell and Fellaini has been something I've been prepared for, for a very long time. I expected one to leave. Both if our finances were in a worse way than expected. If that happens, Rodwell is the ideal player that ticks all the boxes. Despite what anyone thinks about his value, with the current trend of young English transfers i wouldn't entertain anything less than £15m. In this day and age when football seems to be obsessed with profit and loss figures, that would show a massive positive figure, which we couldn't dream of getting unless we sold Fellaini for over £30m, which I think we can all agree isn't going to happen.