Cape Town - Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell believes that he has what it takes to become that focal point of the Black Cats' midfield.
The 23-year-old is in the process of rebuilding his career after a frustrating two years at Manchester City in which he played just 26 times for the Citizens.
Having secured a £10 million switch to the Stadium of Light in August, Rodwell has made an impact for Gus Poyet's side, with the Uruguayan keen to see the former Everton man develop into an attacking playmaker.
For his part, Rodwell says that he is up for the challenge of becoming a playmaker.
“That’s what the manager wants and I’m enjoying it really," he told the Echo.
“I’ve got one goal this season but I’ve had a couple of chances here and there.
“For all of us though it just needs to fall in the right positions – strikers as well – there’s not quite been enough clear-cut chances, but I think they’ll come.”
Sunderland are currently sitting in 13th position on the log after seven games despite winning just one game so far this season.
Sunderland face the tough task of visiting St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday to take on a rejuvenated Southampton. The match kicks off at 16:00.