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Newcastle Could Do Worse Than Sign Top Championship Striker

1:42 pm, Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

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

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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    David Moyes for Newcastle!!!!!!!!

  • 2 ilovetoon8788 // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    practically any Tom is an upgrade to Pardew who after 3 over seasons with us still looks clueless on leading our club.

  • 3 JackButler // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Ed, before long all our players could be Championship as on current for thats where we will be heading after next season

  • 4 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    I would take a punt on him .

  • 5 lesh // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    So we appoint Moyes, is Ashley gonna spend £20m + on Fellani?

    No chance Moyes being signed by Ashley.

    Btw, that True Geordie link’s priceless!!!

  • 6 Nufc-83 // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Nufc-83 // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Jack Butler i really dont agree as you would say you expect a drop off but if you look at the teams who have improved would the man u of last season with Ferguson finished ahead of Liverpool, Chelsea and City of this season? For me they would not have and even Arsenal would be above them and then you take fergy out so his position is not miles away from where they should be.

    The argument comes when you say look at the money he has invested which has worked out badly for him but maybe being at a club who give him huge money is not a good fit.

    Moyes done a great Job at Everton and the players who are performing well now are players he brought in but Lukaku is a massive player for any team.

  • 7 toon kk // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Big pappa
    why? Yes he’s an improvement on Pards but Man u are getting rid for the same reasons we want rid of Pards.

  • 8 AaranD // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    IF we were to continue down the road of British managers, then Sean Dyche would be my pick. Plays technically good football but also drives for that team ethic and togetherness , something we have lacked for years. Granted a risk but right now I can’t see much else coming from the current crop of staff at Newcastle.

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    It was quality!!! “Why are they called the glaziers? Are they double glaziers by trade?”

  • 10 jayphoto // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Rhodes, i guarentee will be one of those players that no one in the top league dare take a chance with until he actually plays for a club that wins promotion and once he has got to the premier league he bangs 15/20 goals and all the pundits claim he was an obvious choice and wonder why no1 took a chance… (hindsight)
    Same could be said to apply about danny ings and ross mcCormack!
    seen that happen with Lambert, Lallana, Andy Johnson a while back, jay rodriguez, kevin phillips etc Too many teams are too scared to take a chance on a lower league player because theyre over priced

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    When Cisse left Freiburg there was a huge article about despite his goals, losing him was in fact massively beneficial to the team and there style of play
    Amir Zaki was full of goals in his first season, Cisse got far more game time up front in a 442 than people will admit to and yeah got shifted wide but not til very late on in games
    He’s had plenty of opportunity this season, and not delivered, I’m sorry for me he also has to shoulder responsibility, I said mid way through last season, he’s the player that when the teams flying he’ll happily sit up top and take the headlines, but when there’s fight needed he’ll go hiding, he never tries to beat the first CB in the air and rarely challenges for the ball
    HBA is a strange one and don’t think we’ll ever know the full story
    Bigi, we signed from the fizzy pop, he looked a good prospect but signing Anita should of seen him go on loan
    Marv p1sses me off, he gets so much undeserved hype it’s untrue, in France he spent near on his whole damn career as a bench warmer at a mid table ligue 1 club, why did people think we were signing Messi? Sorry for me he’s a waste of wages and will gladly see the back of him in the summer
    All in all you could argue they have all worked under better managers and really not achieved much more

  • 12 JackButler // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:51 PM


    I don’t think anyone would doubt that Man Utd would not be where they are now if Fergie was still there because the players played for him something they are not doing with Moyes

    Moyes has broken more records this season than what Pardew has broken with us.

    Yes Moyes did a good job at Evertons but not one single fan would take him back over Martinez which tells you everything you need to know about him

  • 13 JackButler // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:56 PM


    As I said we are not world beaters but where we are now is down to how we are coached and played. The season after we took 5th place pardew changed our formation to placate Ba and stuck Cisse out on the right wing and it killed us, but he didn’t change it when every man and his dog could see it wasn’t working for us.

    I’m not HBA’s or Marveuax’s biggest fans but they have been discarded by Pardew at our cost but yet the likes of Shola, Gosling, Saylor and Santon continue to get games.

    I’d be amazed if he hasn’t totally lost the dressing room as thats what the displays look like to me, the players we have are far better than what Pardew is capable of getting out of them

  • 14 toon kk // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Seriously lads there’s no point in talking about a new manager at Newcastle, we’re not run like any other club. Pardew is here long term he was MA personal choice and voice.

    Best advice is to keep supporting our team, give MA your hard earned money and don’t expect to much.

  • 15 G // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    @8, 100% agree mate.

  • 16 jayphoto // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    @TDS i think with Marv, people hype him up because we beat liverpool to sign him… He had 1 season at Rennes where he was unplayable, blistering pace, goals, assists etc playing left wing and talk was of him being a 15m player…. then he had his hip injury was out for nearly 2 years and lost 5 yards of pace!
    Think people still think he could become the player he had the potential to be early on in his career which at the time was a player who had everything, pace, technique, final ball etc, unfortunately his injuries mean he will never be that player, now hes just a lightweight slow player who can occasionally thread a pass, if he played all season ive no doubt he would get 10 assists but the team would suffer much more in other areas!
    Some players don’t work hard enough in training to warrant chances in the starting 11 and i think marveaux is one of these

  • 17 validator // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Old Fergi stitched moyes up well and truly. The aging squad he left him with were never going to compete with Man City or Chelsea and Fergi knew it that’s why he got out reputation unblemished.

  • 18 Nufc-83 // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    @16 would totally agree with that and that is how i see the situation

  • 19 Nufc-83 // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    As it has been said i cant see Newcastle going for Moyes so all the talk is useless tbh.

  • 20 lesh // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    aye Tads, gems, True Geordie gems

  • 21 validator // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Newcastle United have just two decent players left at the club, Tiote and Sissoko.

  • 22 toonking // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    starting shola and gosling may seem stupid but i think pardew is getting fed up with some and with HBA the whole squad are annoyed to see HBA starting now.
    pardews tactics are rubbish but that still didn’t stop cabaye remy and ba from all showing decent performances to attract attention from the bigger teams. HBA and marvo are two players we know are going to be sold in the summer (atleast expecting) so reall if cabaye ba and remy can do it why couldn’t HBA cisse and marvo?

    as for starting shola and gosling i think the reason for that is because at the minute we as a club are in as bad a state as the season which we got relegated, the foreign players won’t be bothered about us and really don’t need the manager because those who are leaving should be proving how good they are for other teams to buy them.
    the season we got promoted back into the league was in many ways because of nolan barton and carroll who were all players with the sort of attitude that a team in chaos needs.

    the decision on armstrong is the stupidest one pardew is doing at the minute because he is the one player who is determined to do his best for newcastle.

    what ashley needs to do in the summer is bring in more of the type of players with the passion of williamson who has this season been my player of the season.

  • 23 validator // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Goslings has played well in his last two matches but the dim manager still substitutes him and keeps Shola on even though he was exhausted at 60 minutes.

  • 24 BeeGuy // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Bring back Nile Ranger. At least he knows how to play the game and plays it.

  • 25 jimiley // Apr 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Moyes is a manager who sets up slow and defensive teams with no flair. I wonder who might take him on next?????? A manager of the old era with big lumps up front and Fellaini type players. He never wins nowt. I can think of a club with such a mentality.

  • 26 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Blackburn paid £8m for him????? They probably want £25m for him now after some reasonable success.

  • 27 toonbrother // Apr 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Under pardewthis guy would look like a £500K striker. cisse is a million times better than rhodes and look what pardew did to his career

  • 28 Sav // Apr 22, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Danny Ings is English, just 21 years old and has scored 25 goals in 44 matches for Burnley. Why buy Rhodes when you can get Ings?

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