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Sheffield Wednesday’s Jordan Rhodes could be facing a January exit

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Garry Monk’s start to life as Sheffield Wednesday boss got off to the perfect start as his new side defeated local rivals Huddersfield Town on Sunday afternoon.

It was your typical away performance – backs against the wall, yet resiliently holding firm. A true smash and grab.

The home side recorded 61.6% possession in the match but could only muster up nine shots at goal.

Wednesday opened the scoring early in the first half through Steven Fletcher, who is enjoying a rather goal-laden run in front of goal – that’s the third successive league game in which he’s bagged.

Kadeem Harris’ cross found the veteran forward six yards out as he headed home in the tenth minute.

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The game was more or less wrapped up less than 20 minutes from time as substitute Sam Winnall netted his first Owls goal in over two years by expertly meeting Barry Bannan’s deft ball in.

We’ve previously highlighted how the 28-year-old was set for a revival under their new boss, and in his very first game, signs of that have started to bear fruit.

Winnall was given 30 minutes to impress, and after sealing the three points, you can’t say otherwise.

Wednesday’s other striker, Atdhe Nuhiu also got a little run out with the game looking seemingly out of reach for Danny Cowley’s new team.

A combination of the above, more so on the former Barnsley striker’s side, could mean that Jordan Rhodes’ time at Hillsborough is all but over.

The Scotland striker has played just 38 minutes all season in the Championship and for the first time didn’t make the matchday squad – a potentially telling sign with it being Monk’s opening lineup.

It appears the writing is now on the wall for a player that was once one of the league’s hottest properties.

The 29-year-old scored 82 goals in 159 appearances for Blackburn in the Championship, which is effectively a goal every other game – that’s quite some return.

Since joining the south Yorkshire club, though, initially on loan in 2017, he’s struggled to emulate the form that his reputation was built on.

Last season he was forced out on loan to Norwich City as they won the Championship, but a return was never on the cards with them being in the top-flight this campaign.

The likeliness that Rhodes goes permanently in January is increasing by the week.

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