Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has suggested that he was impressed by the performance of Jordan Rhodes last night, in what was his first Championship start of the season.
The Owls slipped to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Derby County at Pride Park, having failed to make the most of extended periods of dominance.
As he has so often this season, Steven Fletcher found the net for Wednesday–sweeping Barry Bannan’s pass into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
But the visitors were unable to extend their lead and invited pressure onto themselves late in the game leading to Chris Martin’s equaliser from the penalty spot.
Making his first start in the league for Wednesday since April 2018, Rhodes lined up with Fletcher as a forward duo.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post after the game, Monk reflected on the 29-year-old’s performance.
He said: “He did well. In that first 35 minutes, we were right on the front foot and he looked very good and really sharp and got in really good situations.
“But after that, it was a really scrappy game.”
Rhodes has made eight appearances for Wednesday this season but is yet to find the net once.
The striker spent last season on loan at Norwich City and helped them win promotion to the Premier League–scoring nine goals in 40 appearances.
If he can recapture that sort of form, he could be a really useful player for Monk to have at his disposal.
Rhodes’ next opportunity may come against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday.
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Monk needs someone who can support the Scotsman and you feel he may be hopeful that the 29-year-old could be that man.
Understandably, Rhodes was lacking in match fitness and there was a bit of rust but there were some promising signs.