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Jack Rodwell must rebuild his confidence if he is to prove a success at Sunderland, according to manager Sam Allardyce.
Rodwell moved to Sunderland from Manchester City in the summer of 2014 but he has been restricted to just 20 league starts due to injuries and a lack of form.
The 24-year-old was tipped for big things when he joined City but he managed just seven appearances in two years and Allardyce believes he is now paying for his failure at the Etihad Stadium.
"Everyone is saying 'what's happened to Jack Rodwell?'. It's clear the number of niggling injuries he's had and the two years at Manchester City have caused him to lose his focus and his confidence," Allardyce said.
"I think we've got to rebuild that and the only way to rebuild it is to make sure we keep Jack fit and training every day and that when selected he hopefully finds that confidence again.
"Jack burst onto the scene with Everton at 17 years old but since he went to Manchester City he has not played as often as he would have liked and that was a big move that didn't pay off."