Some 18 months ago I did a podcast, here at Soccernet, where I was asked about the players I would be interested in should I be given the keys to the vault. One player I identified as a major target was Everton's Jack Rodwell who I believe is one of the great upcoming talents in the English game.
So imagine my surprise and delight this morning after no transfer activity all summer and a lack of any meaningful rumours, that City snapped up the midfielder. Absolutely, stunningly, brilliant news. While Mancini has been quoted regarding his ability as a midfielder, I'd love to see Rodwell tried as a central defender. The 21-year old has all the tactical awareness to be a superb defender with the ability to then move out quickly into midfield to help initiate the attack.
However, for the moment, let's consider him as a midfielder and I think City have a player who can provide cover for Yaya Toure and yet also be counted upon to play the defensive midfielder role if needed. Throw in the fact that he is English, which will help with squad requirements and this is easily the best transfer City could have pulled off.
Unbelievably good news. Bring on the start of the Premier League!