Jordan Rhodes appears to be an exceptionally difficult man to prise away from Blackburn Rovers, with Hull City already declaring themselves out of the running to sign him. The feather in Rovers cap, the Championship side do not want to let a player leave who they believe will be crucial in their bid for promotion this season.
However, from the club and the player’s perspective, the time might actually be right to make a transfer. At 24 years old, Rhodes is no longer the spritely youngster that he was when he first broke onto the scene with Huddersfield. In fact, he is in danger of embedding himself as a standard second tier name. In one or two year’s time, if Blackburn haven’t been promoted, then his lack of Premier League experience will reduce his asking price, and the general interest in him.
If Rhodes is to achieve his potential in football, then one feels as though he has to move within the following week. Not that it is a bad thing to remain loyal to one club, but if the striker has eyes on the higher stage, then he needs to get there sooner rather than later. The following are 4 Premier League clubs who could really do with his goal-scoring expertise:
Sam Allardyce is under pressure to install an attacking emphasis into the West Ham side this summer, and he has largely tried to achieve that with the signings he has made. The additions of Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia are exciting ones for their supporters, but the signing of a promising young Englishman is likely to get the crowd even more excited.
Given that Andy Carroll has been ruled out by injury for the opening weeks of the Premier League campaign, there is room in the Irons squad for Rhodes as well. He does not play in exactly the same way as Carroll, but he has proven an effective up front target man in the Championship before now.
Queens Park Rangers
Harry Redknapp has not had the greatest of inductions back into the Premier League, losing his opening two games and failing to find a single goal. Clearly the Hoops are a little lacking up front at present, and Rhodes could be the one to put their problems right.
The man has 53 goals in 93 Championship appearances for Rovers, establishing himself as one of the league’s most difficult players to play against. Yes, the step up to the Premier League can prove a very difficult one to take, but with a strike-rate as impressive as Rhodes’, it is hard to imagine the forward failing altogether.
The Magpies have a large squad at present, and they may be looking to trim back their numbers rather than adding to them, but Rhodes could still represent a sensible investment. Firstly, there is pressure on Alan Pardew to bring some exciting home-grown talent into the club, given Newcastle’s recent reliance upon French stars. Rhodes ticks the right boxes on that front.
Secondly, Saint James’ Park will be without Loic Remy this season, who could prove a very sore miss. Sure, Pardew has brought in new faces and exciting new talent, but Rhodes has proven himself to be one of the most prolific goal-scorers in the English game. They love a hero in Newcastle, and Rhodes really could fit the mould.
The ‘biggest’ club on this list, given the current crisis up front at Arsenal, Rhodes could represent an ideal short-term solution with a long-term future. Arsene Wenger is facing a lengthy Olivier Giroud lay-off, after a suspected broken ankle picked up by the striker at the weekend. Rhodes could be drafted in as the Frenchman’s replacement and eventual strike partner.
The risk would undoubtedly be great for Arsenal, given the European commitments that they have. However, the attacking talent in the squad could be enough to fit Rhodes in quickly. In the event that Arsenal did show interest eyebrows would no doubt be raised, but it could prove a gamble that pays off.