Transfer Focus: Sheffield Wednesday can’t hesitate to let Rhodes go

According to reports in The Sun on Sunday (May 19, Page 63), Norwich City want to make Jordan Rhodes’ stay at Carrow Road a permanent one.

The Scottish striker spent 2018/19 on loan at the East Anglian club, and he has seemingly impressed Daniel Farke enough for the Canaries to look at bringing him back.

Rhodes’ season

Norwich’s continued interest in the Scotland international is surprising. Rhodes has long been praised for his goalscoring ability, but that appeared to desert him this term as he found the back of the net just six times in the league.

He also only provided one assist for teammates, so it’s hard to see what has impressed Farke so much that he wants the 29-year-old in his squad next season.

The former Blackburn striker has been one of the most prolific scorers in the Championship over the past few years, but he has never been given a real chance at the Premier League, and perhaps Norwich believe he still has something to prove in the top flight.

Wednesday mustn’t hesitate

Rhodes had an awful first couple of seasons at Hillsborough after becoming the club’s record signing. He netted just eight league goals over two campaigns whilst collecting a hefty wage.

The forward reportedly earns £38,500-a-week at the Owls, and if the opportunity comes to shift him off of their wage bill, then they must take it.

The decline has seemingly already begun for the former Huddersfield man, and aged 29 it’s hard to see him ever rediscovering the form that saw the Yorkshire club pay £10 million for him a few years ago.

Steve Bruce may be tempted to attempt to coach Rhodes back into form, as the striker hasn’t yet played under the tutelage of the Owls’ new manager, but he must resist this temptation and allow him to go to Norwich if an offer comes in.

Wednesday could easily use his saved wages to bring in a different striking option who can help fire them into the top six next season.