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Jordan Rhodes continued a mini resurgence in form after he scored another goal for the Owls in their 2-0 midweek win over Wycombe Wanderers.
The 31-year-old has struggled to make an impact at Sheffield Wednesday for a large part of the previous two seasons, but he is now back starting and back on the score-sheet, scoring his second goal in three games.
So, after another goal, does Jordan Rhodes deserve an extended run in the Sheffield Wednesday XI?
The team here at FLW discuss…
His sub appearances against Preston and Bournemouth were impressive and in the latter he headed in the winning goal, showing his prolific nature in the box and something that’s generally been missing under other Owls bosses.
In truth, Rhodes hasn’t been prolific since his days at Blackburn Rovers, but a run of games next to a player like Callum Paterson who will do all the running for him could bring the best out of the 31-year-old once again.
Simply put – he has to be considered a starter right now for Wednesday.
Let’s face it, Jordan Rhodes is a shadow of the player he was once at Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers, but it’s hard to ignore the impact he is making at Sheffield Wednesday at the moment.
The striker’s performances have generally improved, and he now has two goals in his last three games to show for it.
Whenever the ball gets put into the box, you just know that he will be there or thereabouts on the end of it, and I think that’s a good trait to have in a centre-forward.
With Kadeem Harris coming into form, too, the winger’s pace and creativity could be key for Rhodes, as he is a nuisance inside the penalty area and an old-school number nine.
Whilst a striker is in good in form, you simply cannot drop them off, especially given the predicament Wednesday are in at the moment.
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Jordan Rhodes is certainly enjoying himself at the moment.
After a hugely frustrating time with Sheffield Wednesday he’s hit the goal trail and that is wonderful for him.
As far as a new contract is concerned it’s far too early to say.
Much will depend on the Owls’ ownership situation, while also being dependent on whether the club can avoid the drop.
Rhodes will be an expensive deal to do and so tying him down when the club could end up in League One would be reckless.
His form will certainly give the Owls something to think about but I can’t see a final decision being made until the end of the season.