As a club that didn’t need to sell, it was always going to take a ridiculous offer for any club to buy Jordan Rhodes from Huddersfield; and 8 million pounds is certainly that. It was also going to take a ridiculous team to make that offer; and Blackburn Rovers are undoubtedly that.
The fact it was Blackburn has certainly upset a lot of people, with parallels being drawn with the sale of Marcus Stewart to league rivals Ipswich, over a decade ago. This however is a completely different situation. Ipswich were competing with us for a place in the Premier League and that sale put us in a tailspin, and much as I don’t want to be disrespectful to my own side, we aren’t likely to be competing with Rovers at the top of the league this season.
In truth, we would never have got 8 million pounds for Jordan from a Premier League club, as there isn’t a club stupid enough to bid that in the league, well QPR maybe, but Jordan isn’t a 30 year old former England international. Only a Blackburn side, so desperate to win their fans over, would’ve matched our very high valuation.
Also Blackburn are a big enough side to be appealing to the player, with a sizeable wage increase, and a definite year of Championship football, before a probable shot at playing in the Premier League next season, and you have to understand his desire to leave.
This is a little like a girlfriend leaving you for Peter Andre, he’s a laughing stock certainly, but he does have more money than you
It is frustrating, but Blackburn are undoubtedly a considerable force in this division and will be competing in a higher position in the league. It hurts, but this is a little like a girlfriend leaving you for Peter Andre, he’s a laughing stock certainly, but he does have more money than you and might in some people’s eyes be more attractive.
There’ll be a lot of frustrated Huddersfield fans, who see this sale as a lack of ambition, and a severe dent to our survival hopes, but it is around 5 million pounds more than we have ever sold a player for, and much as we were reliant on his goals, it is just too big an offer for a club of our size to reject.
8 million pounds up front, without any stupid clauses which meant we got half of the fee and the rest if went on to captain the England cricket team to Ashes glory, might be the best bit of business the club has done since we picked him up for peanuts from Ipswich.
For a striker who has barely kicked a ball at Championship level, even when you consider his age, the money is just too good to be true
Jordan Rhodes was certainly a prolific striker for the club, and goals for his country certainly added to his value, but for a striker who has barely kicked a ball at Championship level, even when you consider his age, the money is just too good to be true. Ultimately it is a good deal for both the selling club, and the player, whether it is a good deal for Blackburn certainly remains to be seen.
Rhodes has improved vastly in his 3 seasons at Huddersfield, and throughout this time he’s scored a lot of goals, and rightly earned a place in the hearts of many Terrier fans. He is a striker with the ability to score different types of goals, with ice cool finishes and headers being his trademarks, but he is limited.
He isn’t particularly quick and can go missing in big games, however when a chance falls at his feet he will almost always score it. Against Burnley on Saturday, he looked a bit unfit and quite sluggish, however he nearly scored when a header hit the crossbar with the keeper well beaten and then with his only other chance of the game, took his time before finishing with aplomb as if it was the simplest thing in the world.
I would also like to see us invest money into the training facilities and the academy.
Goalscorers are hard to come by, and I wouldn’t now expect Huddersfield to be able to replace his goals with a single player. I would hope that we reinvest the money sensibly, as there is absolutely no need to spend it all. In fact that would be stupid. 2-3 million pounds worth of investment should secure us around 3 players of quality.
I would also like to see us invest money into the training facilities and the academy. A big sale like this is unlikely to ever occur again for the club, and we need to utilise it to build the club as a force in the future.
As for replacements, well I think we’ll know an awful lot more tomorrow. For now though, I just want to wish Jordan Rhodes all the very best. He’s been a model professional, whose goals helped us return to the Championship after an 11 year exile. I hope he now goes on and enjoys a long and successful career.
It was said that last season, whilst Rhodes was topping the scorer charts, that we were a one man team. Let’s hope the sale of that one man, can now allow us to build a fully rounded and complete squad.
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