For a number of years now Jordon Rhodes has been banging in the goals outside the Premier League. Surely now Rhodes deserves a crack at the big time, and finally a Premier League club has shown interest and made a formal bid for Blackburn Rovers‘ star man.
At the end of the 2011-12 Premier League season when Blackburn were relegated, there were troubled times at Ewood Park. The 1995 Premier League winners found themselves back in the second tier of English soccer, and the owners (Venky’s) were in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. There was also a managerial merry-go-round at Rovers too, but there was one bright spark to come out of it all — Jordon Rhodes. Blackburn paid £8m to Huddersfield Town for his services in May 2012 after scoring 73 goals in 124 games for the Terriers. He became the most expensive player outside of the top-flight and equaled Blackburn’s record transfer fee.
Rhodes has gone on to score an impressive 51 goals in 92 games for Rovers. His stunning goal-scoring record has finally led to a club getting their checkbook out and bid for the Scottish international. The bid came in from Hull City. The Tigers recently sold Shane Long in a surprise £12m move to Southampton, so they are definitely in the market for a new striker. Blackburn subsequently rejected Hull’s first bid for Rhodes, but Steve Bruce‘s Tigers’ are sure to come back with an improved offer for the 24-year-old Scot.
Rhodes can score all types of goals, but he’s made his name by being a poacher which his goal scoring record proves. Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer will do everything in his power to keep the goal-scoring machine at Ewood Park, but the lure of Premier League soccer may be too much to turn down for Rhodes and nobody could blame him.