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David Moyes has challenged Jack Rodwell to raise his game after admitting he has ‘been on his case’ to deliver consistent performances.

Rodwell has long been spoken of as a midfielder of great potential but the Everton midfielder candidly revealed while away on international duty with England’s Under 21s earlier this month that he had to make this campaign ‘his season’.

A number of length injuries held Rodwell back last year but, more significantly, his form also dipped, amid speculation that Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur were planning summer moves for him. He also failed to sparkle at the Under 21 European Championships in June.

The 20-year-old, though, has shown signs of a revival recently yet Moyes is looking for more. There is no question Moyes rates Rodwell highly but the manager is eager to see an improvement in several areas of his game.

‘He is still young and you have to remember there are lots of 20-year-olds who do not get consistent runs of games,’ said Moyes, whose side face Wigan at Goodison Park.

‘But we put him out there early. What we have said to Jack is “hey, come on – let’s see some consistency from you”. We want to see if we can get him improving.

‘We are on his case now. Sometimes when young boys come in, you don’t want to be too critical of them. You want to be positive with the good things they do.

‘But whereas Jack is young, he is quite experienced. We are on his case, telling him that if he is going to do it, now is the time he has got to step up. I thought he played quite well last week (against Aston Villa) and now he has a chance to do it again.’

Moyes, who made Rodwell the youngest player to represent Everton in Europe when he handed his debut away against AZ Alkmaar as a 16-year-old in December 2007, added: ‘We have given him extra training sessions.

‘He has been studying videos. Steve Round (Everton’s assistant manager) has had him a few afternoons and worked with him as well. We are making a big push with Jack. We want to give him every chance to succeed. We want him to do well.’

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