Newcastle have been interested in 24 year-old Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes since he was playing for Lee Clark at Huddersfield over two years ago.
Jordan Rhodes – Blackburn and Scotland striker
And Jordan finally signed for Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2012 for a fee of £8M, and since then he has continued to score goals in the Championship for Blackburn Rovers, and at the moment Rovers are two points out of a play-off position with two games to play.
Reader Stephen Watney reminded us this morning of how well the Oldham-born player is doing at Blackburn, and this season he has 22 goals in 43 appearances for Rovers, and since he signed for the former Premier League Champions, he has played 91 times for them and scored 50 goals.
And while he was at Huddersfield the 6’1″ striker played 148 games and scored 87 goals, and in his career so far he has played 272 games with 146 goals – more than one goal for every two games played.
But of course the big question with these lower league strikers is can they keep scoring in the tough Premier League, which is a much more difficult league.
That wasn’t true with Gateshead-born striker Danny Graham, who had an excellent goal-scoring record at Watford, but couldn’t produce that in the Premier League at Swansea, or Sunderland or Hull City.
But it was the case with Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, and over the last two seasons Rickie has scored 27 goals in 74 games for the Saints, and he’s also played 4 times for England and scored 2 goals and could be on the plane to Brazil this summer – so it can happen that lower league strikers can enjoy the same success at the highest level.
That’s where good scouting comes in, and we wonder if Chief Scout Graham Carr has run the rule over the 24 year-old this season?
But before Newcastle decide who they want to bring in and who they are going to let leave this summer, we need to be sure who the manager will be for next season.
With David Moyes now available, and thought at one time to be the perfect manager for Newcastle United, it remains to be seen if Mike Ashley will make a move for David, or decide to keep Alan Pardew at the club.
Jordan Rhodes has played 8 times with 8 goals for the Scotland U21 side and 11 times for Scotland with 3 goals.
What do you think?