Nothing changing for Rhodes at Sheffield Wednesday

Jordan Rhodes will not leave Sheffield Wednesday to return to Middlesbrough in the summer, despite the change in management, reports The Northern Echo.

What’s the word?

Rhodes joined the Owls in February on a loan until the end of the season after falling down the pecking order at Boro.

It was agreed between both parties that the loan would become permanent in the summer, with Sheffield Wednesday parting with an initial £9m.

However, some questions have been raised now that Aitor Karanka is no longer head coach after it was mutually decided to part company.

Boro’s caretaker boss Steve Agnew is Rhodes’ uncle, which could potentially influence which direction the forward’s career goes in after this season.

According to the Northern Echo, though, there are no plans in place to bring Rhodes back to the club and he should join the Owls permanently as agreed.

Should Boro reconsider?

In short, no. There are 10 games left in the season and then the club can begin looking for new attacking targets in the transfer window.

Under Karanka this season, Rhodes started just two Premier League games and made a further four outings as a substitute.

He failed to score in 208 minutes of top-flight action, so it made sense for both parties to agree a loan move.

As it stands, Boro only have two strikers – Alvaro Negredo and Rudy Gestede – to call upon following the departures of Rhodes and David Nugent.

It was less than five years ago when Rhodes scored 20-plus goals for Blackburn Rovers in consecutive campaigns, so the forward still has the ability to be prolific.

Since moving to Hillsborough, the 27-year-old has scored three goals and produced one assist in 10 Championship appearances.

 


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