We were linked with striker Jordan Rhodes three years ago when he was still at Huddersfield Town, who at the time were managed by Lee Clark, but we didn’t make a move for him and he moved to Blackburn Rovers that summer, but there are reports today that Newcastle will try to sign the 25 year-old this summer.
Jordan Rhodes – Newcastle target in summer
The news is that we have been watching the player lately, and it’s in line with Newcastle wanting to sign more English players this summer.
Jordan is English having been born in Oldham back in 1990, but he has played 11 times for Scotland with 3 goals.
He qualifies to play for Scotland (because he drinks Scotch?) – because he attended school north of the border for more than five years, while his English father Andy Rhodes played for various Scottish clubs
Jordan reminds us very much of both Danny Ings and Charlie Austen, and those two were also Newcastle targets when they were coming through the lower leagues, and both have now been successful in the Premier League this season.
No doubt Newcastle are hoping that Jordan can do the same thing next season, if we can sign him in the summer.
Like Ings and Austin, Jordan Rhodes is a natural goalscorer who started his career at Ipswich back in 2005, when his father joined the East Anglia club as the goalkeeping coach.
While at Huddersfield from 2009 through 2012, he scored 82 goals and 14 assists in 144 games, and at Blackburn he has so far scored 70 goals in 139 appearances for them with 15 assists.
He joined Blackburn Rovers almost three years ago for £8M, and at the time Newcastle thought that was too much to pay for a lower league striker, who was unproven at the higher levels.
But the fee could be double that in the summer, and of course there’s always a risk that a very good goalscorer in the lower leagues just cannot do it in the Premier League.
That happened with Gateshead-born Danny Graham, who was great at Watford bit has had a tough time of it at Swansea and now at Sunderland, where he doesn’t play too much
It seems that Scottish International Rhodes could do well at Newcastle, but the fee could again prove to be too much for a striker who is untested in England’s top league.
What do you think?
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