Jack Rodwell has insisted that Everton will succeed post Mikel Arteta, after the midfielder was sold to Arsenal at the last minute on deadline day.
Arteta signed for Arsenal for a fee believed to be around £10 million, but David Moyes didn’t have any time to redistribute the funds on new talent this summer, and the Toffees are now looking at January as their next opportunity to use the cash to bolster their squad.
Rodwell has had injury problems over the last season that have held him back from gaining a regular spot in the starting line-up, but the 20-year-old has now fully recovered, and believes that he can take over where Arteta left off.
“Mikel is a great player. He’s a good lad as well and he will be sorely missed,” Rodwell told the Liverpool Echo.
“It’s a good opportunity for him, so we all wish him the best. But we’ve got a lot of young players who can fill in. I’m ready to step up and fill his boots, definitely.”
Rodwell starred for the England Under 21s as they defeated Azerbaijan 6-0 on Thursday, and says his fitness is back to 100% for the season ahead.
“I’m ready now, I feel fit, I feel sharp and focused. I believe this is the season for me,” he said.
“What I’ve been missing in my career is 30 games back to back and getting a good run of form and confidence, so hopefully this season I can do that.
“Last season was frustrating for me. I had a lot of injuries and couldn’t really get a pattern of football going. I wasn’t really fit, but hopefully that won’t happen this season.”
Everton face Aston Villa on their return to the pitch from the international break, before taking on Wigan and Manchester City.