Striker Jordan Rhodes finally completed his ‘on’ and ‘off’ switch to Norwich City yesterday evening. The Sheffield Wednesday forward flopped at Hillsborough and when you look at his goals to game return given what everyone knows he’s capable of, there is just no other way of painting the picture of his time with us.
It’s long been known that with Wednesday cutting financial cloth this summer Rhodes would be a casualty but it is only a season-long loan move that has been agreed with the Canaries – so it is only of limited help to manager Jos Luhukay as he looks to strengthen the side, but apparently every little helps.
The statement from the Owls does not state it will turn into a permanent deal next summer. Of course, he could be a roaring success for them and find his form and his scoring boots and we could be fighting clubs off come January but best to not get ahead of ourselves.
Having come in from Middlesbrough initially on loan, we turned that deal permanent the following summer but in 55 games the 28-year-old only scored ten goals.
Reactions to the news on social media was probably as you’d imagine, some fans believe we just didn’t set ourselves up to play to his strengths, others blame the player. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle but we are left in the position of hoping for one of two outcomes now:
A – he flies and we get a bidding war.
B – he flies, returns to us and keeps his gear when back at Hillsborough.
Hope the people behind this deal are sat in a dark room very very ashamed of themselves. What a waste of 8m+ from the moment he was brought in the team and style should have been built around arguably the most proven goalscorer at this level. But typical #swfc make him the worst
— Goose (@GooSebaby_) July 10, 2018
Apparently Carlos made him lose 50% of his pace, his first touch, link up ability and hairline
— Ozzy (@OSWFC_) July 10, 2018
You can’t just play a system that relies on crossing 24/7. It’s very easy to nullify. Rhodes had plenty of service from crossing and was extremely inconsistent.
— Ozzy (@OSWFC_) July 10, 2018
How many first team goals have João and Nuhiu scored compared to Hirst and Rhodes?
Plus Wednesday didn’t ‘let Hirst go’ they offered him a deal and he rejected it ????
— Ash Finney (@AshFinney1) July 10, 2018
Such a shame it didn’t work out
— Joseph ???????????????????????????? (@JosephO__) July 10, 2018
All the best to an absolute gentleman and a role model for any young aspiring footballer, wish him all the best and still hope he will don the famous blue and white shirt again in the future. #Rhodes #SWFC
— Mike Else (@IronMikeElse) July 10, 2018
Win win all round at this moment in time. Good luck to him
— Mark Hope (@owls_4life) July 10, 2018
Good luck Jordan. A credit to Andy Rhodes. So sorry things didn’t work out at S6. We we’re willing you to succeed and gutted to see you go. Your attitude never faltered even in the toughest times.
— Katherine Hallows (@kath48owls) July 10, 2018
I get why but to me Jordan showed more potential under Jos ( as have Jaoa and Nuhiu ) so I’m sad to see him go. Good luck and I hope it works out.
— STEVE FOSTER (@djvioletsky) July 10, 2018
Wouldn't be surprised, good striker just not clicked for him here
— Jack (@woolleyjack97) July 10, 2018
Best of luck to him. Feel for Jordan as realistically he should never have been brought in in the first place. The standout example of fan demand and overspending gone overboard. Perhaps he'll return a man with confidence and fire us up in 2019/20.
— daftpenguin (@daftpenguin) July 10, 2018