Why Newcastle Should Splash Out On The Prolific Jordan Rhodes

A Huddersfield fan gives the Magpies the lowdown on the man who simply cannot stop scoring...
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Why Newcastle Should Splash Out On The Prolific Jordan Rhodes

Huddersfield Town have been in the news more in recent moths than I can ever truly remember, and it has been for two reasons: the unbeaten run and a young striker who has not stopped scoring for his club and country: Jordan Rhodes.

The most obvious thing that anyone will say about Jordan is that he has never played in the top flight and so might struggle if he is purchased by a premier league side.

Whether or not this is the case remains to be seen but as someone who has watched Jordan Rhodes on numerous occasions, I would say that he will certainly score goals in the top flight.

To any prospective buyers this is the sort of player you will be getting.

Finishing: Rhodes is a superb finisher. When one on one with a goalkeeper you know, he will score. If he has a defender to beat to a ball, he will make it. As a finisher, you will back Rhodes every time and if he does not take one chance; he will certainly take the next one.

He is rarely caught offside as his timing is superb and he will work defenders all the way through a game to find the vital couple of inches needed.

He has shown that he will take chances under immense pressure, and he showed this when through on goal surrounded by defenders against Sheffield Wednesday with the final kick of the game: with seconds, remaining both his timing and accuracy were spot on. This is the best feature of his game, if you give him a chance he always seems to take it, and he makes it look easy.

Heading: Despite being a deadly finisher, Rhodes is excellent with his head. He has a great leap and as with his feet he has a great knack of putting his headers out of reach of any keeper.

Work rate: Despite being a brilliant poacher of goals, he is a brilliant professional, who will put the interest of the team before his own.

He has played without fuss since signing for Huddersfield, and he has taken his fair share of batterings from defenders. He works his socks off to find an inch but will also do all he can to help the team. He’s also quite a big lad who will muscle players off the ball if required and most certainly won’t be bullied.

Pace: He most certainly isn’t a slouch but also isn’t ridiculously quick. Unfortunately all teams appear to look for nowadays is pace even if other facets of the players game are severely lacking. The other parts of his game are so strong that any lack of pace is compensated for, and if you put him through with a defender to beat you would still fancy him to find a way to beat him and score.

Movement: Any lack of pace is hugely compensated by his magnificent off the ball movement. He makes constant intelligent runs, making him very difficult to mark and he creates constant opportunities for himself.

He is rarely caught offside as his timing is superb and he will work defenders all the way through a game to find the vital couple of inches needed.

Attitude: You will struggle to find anyone who has a bad word to say about Jordan Rhodes. Despite being young and scoring a ludicrous amount of goals he isn’t arrogant. He always states that it is nice to contribute to the team, comes across as thoroughly decent player who always puts his team before his own interests and exploits.

There also was a time when he was in and out of the side, and whereas some players might complain he just got his head down and fought his way back into the side.

Overall he is a very special player and one who Huddersfield Town fans should enjoy whilst he is ours. With the standard of defending in the premier league, I would back him to be a success in the top flight and he is in my opinion worth in excess of 5 million pounds.

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