Newcastle In For Another English Striker


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

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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145 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Apr 16, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    no interest

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  • Jarra

    Apr 16, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    I think you answer for many of us John Tudor, sorry Ed I read your blog everyday, in hope, again I dunno why? Can not remember the last time I felt the excitement pump through my veins for this club I used to walk miles when overseas with the Forces in the hope we might be the match live on the radio. Mr Ashley you have totally done something I could never imagine, destroy my passion for my home town club.

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    let us stand united against this tyrant of none disclosure and general robbing of our club

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    a revolution is coming

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Danny Ings is a much better player. If we’re going to go for British we should make an attempt going for the best now before they reach super stardom.

    I still remember when we were linked with Sturridge and Bale before they were housewhole names and even then we let them slip thinking they weren’t good enough at extremely low prices back in the day.

    Though Rhodes is better than nothing so we should take the plunge at least…wasn’t fat Ashley a gambler and a chancer?… The only thing he gambles on is our survival running a threadbare squad season after season!!!

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    So we’re going to buy 2nd rate British players instead of 2nd rate French players.

    All that cash floating around and we still shop in the bargain basement.

    If we ever won a cup Ashley would celebrate by buying the squad a bottle of Buck’s Fizz

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    prime

    don’t be so silly we dont need to buy any1 so there wont be any 2nd rate new players we have lots and don’t need any more
    the 2 lads at forest dejong and Aarons there is 4 new players

    buying players is a mugs game
    we have balance sheets and a pile of cash in the bank
    that’s something to be proud of

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  • barkel

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    beer – don’t forget Ferreyra played 45mins for the reserves last night too, that’s 5 new players that we can use before this season even ends, great squad!

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Paddy Power’s odds on Klopp’s next club

    15/8 – Man City

    11/2 – Real Madrid

    6/1 – Arsenal

    6/1 – Liverpool

    7/1 – Barcelona

    10/1 – Chelsea

    10/1 – Bayern Munich

    12/1 – Man United

    17/1 – Everton

    33/1 – Southampton

    33/1 – Atletico Madrid

    45/1 – Newcastle

    45/1 – West Ham

    I actually think it will be Olympique Marseille who are not mentioned

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Beer

    Well that’s me put my foot on it.

    I’m going to buy some happy shopper lemonade and celebrate our new signings like it’s 1999.

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  • Sav

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Anyone figure out how our wages bill rose last year by 27%?!!
    At least the good news is there is a surplus of 34 miillion cash and Mashley didn’t stuff it in his arse pocket for a slow weeknight at the casino but lodged it at the bank. I can’t say I have much confidence they will spend all of it, that they will buy wisely or that they will buy the players our Head Coach (whoever he is) requires or wants, but just sayin’ – it could be worse. At the very least, it is 34 million less to pay out if anyone out there wants to buy the club.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #12

    barkel

    has any1 seen FACUNDO FERREYRA

    I really hope chucky is the last of these try before you buy deals including wages what have we spent on loan players in the last 18mnths

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    http://www.ibroxnoise.co.uk/2015/04/sports-direct-force-rangers-to-launch.html?m=1

    I was talking to a few rangers fans whilst out last nite, they had some very interesting stuff to say.

    It’s worth keeping an eye on the Rangers situation, Fattys not finished up there!

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #14

    prime

    does happy shopper still exist

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #15

    prime

    did rangers have a puma kit before
    or was it forced upon them

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Beer

    What knarks me is a huge bank balance and we sign shit players on loan to boost the squad and buy cheap prospects hoping 1 or 2 come good.

    I’m all for saving cash but that’s a piss take!

    Ed
    Sort the site FFS, everytime I log on some shit advert takes over or I’m redirected to the App Store.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #17

    FACUNDO FERREYRA – International Man of Mystery

    https://youtu.be/aHjoi_0YhGA

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #18

    The £34millon is what was available at the end of last financial year is that right? In which case they could claim to have spent that last summer. I don’t think it is a coincidence that last summers transfer spend is mentioned in the notes.

    We should still have plenty available, but they will certainly try and twist any statements re finance to reflect the spend last summer. Technically, unless someone leaves before June 30th, we will have had a net spend in the year 1st July 2014 to 30th June 2015.

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Wijnaldum saying that we wants to leave psv for a bigger club in a bigger league. He said that he speaks to tim krul about England alot and that krul only has nice things to say about living in newcastle. Then wijnaldum says that 50,000 fans is alot and that it’s a great stadium. Worth a punt maybe?

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  • hibbit

    Apr 16, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #20

    op that used to happen to me i installed ad blocker plus no more problems someone on here talked me through it….can’t remeber who

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21

    He plays in midfield yet he has scored 16 goals this season. We need goalscoring midfielders. Him and de jong next season. Now that would be good.

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #22

    prime

    I agree its maddening,
    I said last night some of the money wasted could have gone to signing say lacazette as well as perez and riviere
    we could have cashed in cisse in jan and more importantly Armstrong could have been out onloan all season
    Armstrong has the potential to be another big pay day but will never get there sitting on our bench

    it makes no sense as lacazatte’s value would have gone up Armstrong could develop properly seems win win to me

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  • hibbit

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    irish is he free

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  • Pop n Wyn

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Irishgeordie, Wijnadum is a terrific kid, as is Jordan Roades imo, Klopp in as head coach, maybe we could get Alderweireld from Southampton, very nice for starters, yea i know!

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  • Slank

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #25

    I’m always curious how Ed and others know we are watching ‘so and so’. Do our scouts tell the journalists ? Or do they deduce from the 22 players (excluding subs) that ‘so and so’ is the player and in this case Rhodes ? Or is it Rhodes’ agent ?

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #26

    Beer

    Not sure mate.

    The shirt thing makes a lot of sense after what the fans said last night.

    They reckoned there’s a good chance Rangers would be folded and they’d start again.

    Ashley owns everything, the motto badge club mascot etc, they assured me he’ll be in court within two weeks to try and take control of the club. As none of the funds promised from the new lot have surfaced.

    The early shirt is him trying to get a few quid incase he gets shafted.

    The most interesting thing is about Ibrox, Apparentley rangers are paying rent for it and no one seems to know who holds the deeds. Seems odd but they know a lot more about their club than I do.

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #27

    from what i’ve seen (and thats not too much) Rhodes looks very much in the Cisse mould. Goal scorer but adds little to play apart from the finish. Would be successful in an attacking team but could be isolated in a negative side.
    Blackburns other striker (Gestede?) looks a better shout!

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #28

    Hibbit, no he’s not free so im obviously in dream land but if Ashley wants to show us some actual ambition instead of signing players with potential then this is a player we need. He is young aswell I believe.

    Pop n wyn, hahaha we wish 😀

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  • hibbit

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #29

    these stories come from two sources the players agent looking after his player and mr bishop looking after ashley

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  • beermonkey

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #30

    prime

    can they afford to start again
    if they fold will Ashley not then take ownership of there training facilities and anything else he got his clause into
    its all pretty complicated up there I had hoped he would sell us and move in there but I think its all about him getting another brand

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #31

    Getting a head coach is one thing. We haven’t even got a Director of Football. I reckon Graham Carr’s son would make a better fist of it than this lot. At least he’d lift the gloom in the dressing room.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #32

    OP…Yet some people will still look at Ashley and go “Cor, he’s a great businessman, he must be great for our club” – His business interests start and stop with benefit for him – not the club.

    He’s not working with the Rangers board, he clearly doesn’t care about Rangers, the same he doesn’t really care about NUFC – he cares where he can make money.

    We need a balance, Ashley cannot or will not provide us with that balance.

    It’s time people. We are united.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #33

    We are being heavily linked in various European media this morning with these four
    Aleksandar Mitrovic
    Andre Ayew
    Daniel Wass
    Georgino Wijnaldum

    And according to this Galtier is defo leaving St Ettiene and has to choose between the Toon or Marseilles (his home town)

    http://www.le10sport.com/football/mercato/mercato-asse-galtier-cet-element-qui-peut-etre-determinant-pour-son-avenir186152

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  • barkel

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #34

    Pop – Sounds like we’re back in the 90’s! 🙂

    It was great when we thought things like that could actually happen and not just wishful thinking

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    Hang on. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Alan Carr who scouted Riviere.

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  • optimistic prime

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #36

    Hibbit

    Cheers mate, just down loaded it.
    Ain’t got a clue how to use it mind

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #37

    @Jeff – don’t why but i’ve just got a sneaky feeling about Klopp and West Ham, they have ambitious owners that back their manager and they reinvest back into the club. London based, fanatical support and about to move into a giant stadium. They are definitely a project that has the clubs best interests at heart. They also apparantly pay Allardyce 4m a year flat with an extra 2m in bonuses so they pay more than the going rate.
    In the list of available jobs between now and next season I can only really see us and west ham being in the market in the Premier league. Reckon city will go for one for year of Pellegrini before Pep comes in. Failing that theres talk benetiz would be interim for a year. Klopp will also want a position that will give him time to work.
    I’m half german myself and loosely follow german football! In his interviews Klopp seems like a personality that would take a project with the view to making it something bigger. He definately doesn’t seem like the type of guy to wait it out for a big job or the kind of guy that would watch the situations at liverpool and man city and wait to capitalise on their managers misfortune!

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #38

    Potential team for next season perhaps.

    ———-Krul
    Janmaat-Djobolil(butchered his name I know)-Lascelles-Haidara
    ————Abeid
    ——Wijnaldum-De jong
    Cabella—-Rhodes—-Ayew

    Bench: Darlow, Dummett, Perez, Aarons, Anita, Coloccini, Riviere.

    Doesnt look to bad. Obviously not going to happen like.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #39

    Rhodes, Perez, Austin and Ings job done for our strikers

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 16, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #40

    Wijnaldum looks too small to me! Imagine him in attacking mid with anita defensive mid. Be the smallest central midfield in the world!
    Quick note on Anita, he left ajax because they kept playing him fullback. Even his dutch call ups and cap where as a full back. Actually thought he was one of our better players against liverpool at Left back. Most of Liverpools threat came down the opposite flank. Previously think he played well for us as right back too.
    Could ajax’s legendary set up been right all along and he should be a full back?

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