If out of form Sheffield Wednesday ending Barnsley’s long unbeaten run wasn’t shocking enough, the fact that Jordan Rhodes proved their match-winner would have been beyond comprehension just a few weeks ago.
Having joined from the Owls for £10 million back in 2017, Rhodes’ time at Hillsborough has been a disappointment – scoring just 19 times in 103 games – but as he nears the end of his current deal he looks to be having something of a renaissance under Darren Moore.
Moore took over at the start of March and has handed the 31-year-old three consecutive starts for the first time this season, with the forward repaying him with three goals and an assist in that period.
It looks as though the player that has been highlighted by some as one of Wednesday’s biggest transfer disappointments, could hold the key to their hopes of survival.
Rhodes form over the last week or so has helped him reach his highest goalscoring tally in a single Championship season for the Owls, six, and may well have the club hierarchy considering looking to keep him at the club beyond the end of the season.
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If the striker continues to look reborn under Moore and can get back to the level that has seen him fire in goals for fun at this level in the past, then extending his stay may not be the worst idea but it’s something they should only consider on one condition – him taking a significant pay cut.
According to Salary Sport, Rhodes is the highest paid player in the Wednesday squad and earns a mammoth £35,000-per-week.
Quite simply, he has not scored the consistent goals that a forward on that salary should be providing.
The 31-year-old has lacked consistency and even if he can find that over the next few months, it would be madness for the Owls to run the risk of offering another contract on a high wage.
With a large number of players out of contract in the summer, it looks as though Moore’s squad could see some big changes ahead of the 2021/22 campaign and that is no bad thing.
If he can continue to impress, there could well be a place for Rhodes in the new look Owls squad but the Yorkshire club should only accomodate that if a significant paycut can be agreed.