The curious curse of Jack Rodwell: Watch the devastating effects of starting Rodwell in your team

The Sunderland midfielder is carrying a very unwanted record into Saturday's game - and in the weekend of Halloween, dare we suggest, he's cursed?

Poor old Jack Rodwell. Just over four years ago the then Everton man made a £12m move to Manchester City, after racking up plenty of plaudits and 85 league appearances for the Toffees. But it’s all gone spookily very wrong.

On May 7 2013 Daft Punk were number one with ‘Get Lucky’ and Iron Man 3 was topping the Box Office. It was also the day Roberto Mancini guided Manchester City to a 1-0 win over West Brom, courtesy of an Edin Dzeko goal. But most importantly of all, it was the last time Jack Rodwell started a Premier League game and won.

Quite incredibly 1,272 days later and Jack Rodwell still hasn’t won a game in which he’s been in the starting XI – a record that spans his entire Sunderland career!

Rodwell has started six of Sunderland’s nine league games this seaosn, in which they have drawn one and lost five. Worryingly for David Moyes and his team Sunderland are also in danger of making the worst ever start to a season in Premier League history if they lose by three or more goals when they face Arsenal on Saturday. Manchester City currently hold that record (two points and a -12 goal difference after 10 games) but Sunderland would have two points and a -13 goal difference if the Gunners dished out a hammering at the Stadium of Light.

To avoid that unwanted record, maybe the best idea would be to drop Rodwell from the starting XI. Maybe it’s the Halloween weekend taking over, but we certainly suspect some kind of curse on the English midfielder.

What do you think?