Is This Newcastle United's Next 20 Goal A Season Man?

Huddersfield Town's Jordan Rhodes ability to hit the net consistently in League One. Now Newcastle United are reportedly close to signing him but can he make the big step up? This Huddersfield fan thinks so.
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Huddersfield Town's Jordan Rhodes ability to hit the net consistently in League One. Now Newcastle United are reportedly close to signing him but can he make the big step up? This Huddersfield fan thinks so.

Huddersfield Town's Jordan Rhodes ability to hit the net consistently in League One. Now Newcastle United are reportedly close to signing him but can he make the big step up? This Huddersfield fan thinks so.

How good is he?

He’s a real goal scorer, who works tirelessly to pick up the positions to capitalise on chances. Perhaps not a player who makes you sit up and take notice with some fabulous skill, but he knows exactly where the goal is and has found it consistently over his time at Huddersfield.

This recent form has obviously grabbed the headlines but he scored 20 goals in each of the last two seasons and this campaign is just a culmination of a lot of effort and a fulfilment of his potential.

How good can he become?

He does not rest on his laurels and appears to have very high standards. He has taken some batterings from big defenders in League One and come through it, which can only stand him in good stead.

His movement, work rate, timing and fantastic reading of the game will mean he will always score goals or at least get chances. Everything thing he does looks instinctive - a canny knack for a young striker.

Who does he play like?

Had to throw this one out to other fans as I just couldn’t think beyond Michael Owen. He isn’t as quick as Owen but has those traits that Owen always had, instinctive movement and a ruthless ability to finish when presented with a chance. The finest comparison that I have heard however came from a fellow Town fan who compared him to Steve Bull.

What position does he play in?

He’s a centre forward, who in recent months has been playing up front with Alan Lee. Lee has been doing a lot of the dirty work, and Rhodes has thrived. He is only a striker though, not sure he’d have any impact from the wing etc.

You would put your house on him scoring week in week out.

Strengths

A fantastic reading of the game, and you would put your house on him scoring week in week out. Great consistency as he scores regularly, and he can also be ruthless too as shown with three hat-tricks in three games. Finds space, good in the air and on the ground, excellent finisher.

Weakenesses

Not particularly quick, although no slouch either. Could also argue that he’s yet to score as many goals as he is actually capable of.

Character

Comes across as an extremely level-headed individual, and doesn’t have any sort of attitude. Hard working with a desire to improve.

Previous form for Huddersfield

Has never been very far away from goals, and hasn’t really had a bad patch for us in his time here. His recent goal glut hasn’t surprised anyone, as he has always been capable of this type of form. That isn’t to say his form has been bad, but he’s been a 20-goal-a-season man, when he could have had 30+.

Unlike the last striker who left us for decent money, Jon Stead, Rhodes has scored consistently over a number of seasons as opposed to the good run of form that Stead enjoyed prior to his sale.

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