In a scathing attack on his former employers Manchester City, Jack Rodwell has criticised the club's policy on young English players and has warned them to be careful of signing for the club.
Speaking to The Mirror in an exclusive, he said:
“I would probably say don't sign now, I’d say get as much football as you can.
"The first thing I’d ask is, ‘how good are you?’ You just never know – you could go there, do really well and be winning league titles and everything.
“But just because you’re English and young it doesn't mean you’re not going to play for Manchester City.
“I would just say weigh up your options and ask yourself if you want to be playing regularly.”
In two seasons Rodwell only played 16 Premier League matches for Manchester City - he made 19 in his second season for Everton.
Before the takeover of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2008, Man City were famed for their productive academy. Since then, Micah Richards is the sole representative of Man City academy players making the transition to the first team - and even he only managed 2 appearances last season.
Aside from Richards, the English contingency consists of: Joe Hart, James Milner, Richard Wright and Scott Sinclair.
Last season, only Joe Hart could be considered a first team regular and even he is under threat due to the signing of Willy Caballero.