Jordan Rhodes is having the season of his life so it’s not surprising he is being linked with a move away from Huddersfield. The Scotland striker hit another five goals against Wycombe and is proving time and time again that he is the best striker in League One and deserves his chance to play at a higher level.
The 21 year old started the season in blistering form scoring 13 goals in the first 12 games of the season and becoming the first Huddersfield player to score back to back hat-tricks in successive games since the 1920s against Exeter and Preston.
He has been part of the reason why Huddersfield went on their amazing unbeaten run in the league (excluding their defeat in the playoff final- still not sure why that game doesn’t count but in the record books it shows that Huddersfield went 43 league games undefeated) and has put in some match winning or at least match saving performances against the best teams in the league like against Sheffield Wednesday when he scored all four of the Terriers goals at Hillsborough, putting his side 2-0 up in the first half then rescuing them in the second half scoring with two sublime finishes to level the game at 4-4. Ironically, Andy Rhodes, his father is the goalkeeping coach at Wednesday and Gary Megson the Owls boss refused to get information of how to stop him. However, with the finishes he produced in the game it could be argued that he wasn’t going to be stopped on the day.
The only man in the country that is probably not enjoying Rhodes success is Roy Keane who let him go for an undisclosed fee to Huddersfield when he was manager of Ipswich. At the time Ipswich were struggling and needed a striker that could hit the back of the net and Keane felt that Rhodes was not the man to do it. How he has been proven wrong? And probably one of the many reasons why Roy Keane is currently unemployed and had such a torrid time at Ipswich he seemed to not give the youth a chance and did not keep players that had the potential.
He may not be the finished article yet, but he has all the right attributes, he is good in the air, has good close control and decent turn of pace but most importantly for a striker he knows where the back of the net is. As the saying goes the goalposts do not move and that is probably why he doesn’t even have to look up when lining up a shot he knows exactly where the goal is.
He has been linked with moves to West Ham, Newcastle and Everton but who is the most likely to sign him? Or he could choose to stay at Huddersfield for the rest of the season but if they don’t achieve promotion he will most certainly on his way.
He reminds me of a young Alan Shearer and with the link to Newcastle it could be genuinely good move for both the player and the club and even possibly one day get the iconic number 9 shirt.
At the moment it’s all ifs and buts, but what is for certain is that he is going to score goals in League 1 and deserves his chance to play at a higher level and international level.