We were first linked with striker Jordan Rhodes back in early 2012 and through that summer, when he was at Huddersfield Town, but the striker joined Blackburn Rovers for £9M in that summer, and he has continued to score goals for the Lancashire side
Jordan Rhodes – 24 year-old Blackburn striker
And a few weeks ago his name came up again as a Championship striker we were keeping tabs on, and more news today that Newcastle could be interested in signing the Oldham-born 24 year-old.
It’s not surprising that we are have a number of strikers on our list this summer, because having to replace three of our strikers is going to be a monumental task, and certainly not easy.
Jordan was prolific with Huddersfield in the lower leagues, when former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark was the manager there, and over four seasons he scored 87 goals in 148 appearances.
And at Blackburn in the last two seasons he’s been just as prolific and has 52 goals in 96 appearances, so he knows where the back of the net is – that’s for sure.
Bur we’ve seen strikers before be prolific in the lower leagues in England, and not be able to make it in the Premier League – Gateshead born Danny Graham was one of the recent ones, so it’s always a gamble.
And that’s where good scouting comes in, to see if he has abilities to keep scoring at any level, so both Graham Carr and Alan Pardew will need to get together to decide whether this 8 times capped Scottish International is good enough for Newcastle.
We don’t think he’s worth £9M though, since that would be taking a huge risk on the player.
What do you think?