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One to Watch - Jordan Rhodes

Name: Jordan Rhodes

Date of Birth: 5/2/1990

Nationality: Scotland

Former Clubs: Ipswich Town, Oxford United, Rochdale, Brentford, Huddersfield

League Appearances (Goals): 220 (121)

International Appearances (Goals): 11 (3)

Stat of the Day: Jordan Rhodes was the first player to score 25+ league goals in a season for Blackburn since Alan Shearer in 1995/1996

Player Profile: Despite some Championship strikers excelling in the top division (Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and Shane Long for example) and others failing (Danny Graham, Sylvain Ebanks-Blake and Billy Sharp for example), it can`t be long before a Premier League club takes a punt and stumps up the money to swoop for Jordan Rhodes. With every player boasting a diacritic within their name inevitably bumped up to twice their original value, numerous clubs will be searching for a bargain home-grown talent to add to their ranks. Admittedly Rhodes probably won`t come cheap after Blackburn splurged the majority of their parachute payments in one fell swoop with the signing of the Scot, but with the Lancashire-based club in dire need of reducing their wage bill Rhodes could be a shrewd acquisition to bolster any Premier League squad.

Rhodes, who was sold by boyhood club Ipswich Town, came to the fore at Huddersfield Town where his demolition of League 1 for three years saw him become one of the most revered strikers outside of the Championship. He has since replicated his form at Blackburn and stands second in the goalscoring charts this campaign, despite his side`s mediocre form. Question marks have recently been raised as to whether Rhodes can play as a lone striker however, something which Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer has taken to utilising in recent games; Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has also reiterated his conclusion that the international squad can`t quite accommodate Rhodes current playing style at the moment. Despite these undecorated critiques, nobody can fault the striker`s potency in front of goal and someone must make the first move for fear of missing out on a potential first-class signing.

Player History:

Jordan Rhodes joined Ipswich Town in 2005 when his father joined the club as a goalkeeping coach. He was prolific for Ipswich`s youth teams and in order to gain some first team experience was sent out on loan to Oxford United in 2007. He failed to score in four league appearances for The U`s before being recalled by Ipswich to help the youth side in the FA Cup.

He eventually made his debut for the Ipswich first team in December 2007, coming on a substitute in a 0-0 draw with Burnley. At the beginning of the 2008/2009 season Rhodes joined League 2 side Rochdale on a one month loan deal in which he scored twice in 5 league games. He went on to enjoy a successful spell at Brentford at the beginning of 2009, scoring 7 goals in 14 appearances, including a hat-trick in 29 minutes against Shrewsbury, becoming Brentford`s youngest ever player to score a hat-trick.

In July 2009 Rhodes signed for Huddersfield on a permanent deal, penning a four-year contract for a fee of 350,000. The striker scored on his debut away to Southend before bagging a brace on his home bow against Stockport County. He ended the season as the Terriers' top scorer with 23 goals, which included a hat-trick of headers in a game against Exeter. Rhodes top scored again in 2010/2011, with 22 goals.

Rhodes hit the headlines thanks to a sensational season in front of goal during the 2011/2012 campaign in which he registered a phenomenal 40 goals in all competitions, which included three hat-tricks, all four goals in a 4-4 draw with Sheffield Wednesday and five in a 6-0 whitewash over Wycombe Wanderers. He helped Huddersfield secure promotion via the play-offs and was rewarded with the League One Player of the Year award.

Blackburn Rovers moved to sign the striker in August 2012 amid interest from a host of other clubs, following Rhodes impressive 87 league goals in 148 appearances for The Terriers. The Scotland international joined Ewood Park for a fee of 8 million and a standout first season at the club culminated in 28 goals and the Player of the Year accolade voted for by the supporters.

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Date:Friday December 6 2013

Time: 4:00PM


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