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Opinion: Sheffield Wednesday’s pending player departure will leave a more bitter taste than first thought

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Sheffield Wednesday fans could be forgiven if they are tearing their hair out when it comes to a certain Jordan Rhodes.

For the first time since arriving at Hillsborough, the striker is showing the type of consistent form in-front of goal that the club has craved.

Rhodes has struck four goals in his last six appearances for the Owls and, under Darren Moore, is finally starting to look like the £10m striker that the club signed back in 2017.

It’s seven goals across the season for Rhodes so far, but it’s come too late.

Too late in the sense that Sheffield Wednesday look like falling to relegation, and too late in the sense that Rhodes’ spell as an Owl looks like it is coming to an end.

Football League World reported yesterday afternoon that Sheffield Wednesday are resigned to losing Rhodes and Adam Reach in the summer transfer window, with there little chance of the Yorkshire club convincing either to stay beyond their current deals.

That was always going to be a kick in the teeth when it came to Reach, but there’s also a twinge of disappointment that Rhodes will be heading for the exit door, which isn’t something many fans would have expected after such a struggle to ever get going.

Before this season, it was just 11 Wednesday goals for Rhodes in the Championship between 2018 and 2020. And, when this season started, if you had told the club’s fanbase he’d be on the move ahead of 2021/22, they wouldn’t have batted an eyelid.

That will remain the same for some, but a bitter taste will be there for others as they watch Rhodes finally starting to show his class in-front of goal.

In the last month, Rhodes has scored against Norwich City and assisted against Huddersfield Town, before scoring a match-winning brace in a 2-1 win over Barnsley. That performance at Oakwell saw Rhodes really outperform his average numbers in terms of his striker play, which is a trend that’s continued.

Rhodes scored in the 5-0 win against Cardiff City and was then part of the side beaten heavily by Queens Park Rangers last weekend.

Nevertheless, he’s showing signs of the form that made him such a hit with Huddersfield and Blackburn Rovers earlier in his career.

The likelihood is that Rhodes will return to the John Smith’s Stadium in the summer transfer and look to pick up where he left off with Huddersfield all those years ago.

Admittedly, that’s going to be tough to do for the 31-year-old, but he’s showing signs of life in his final days in a Sheffield Wednesday shirt.

That’s only adding to the irritation surrounding Rhodes right now and a pill that would have once been easy to sallow, might just have a bitter kick in the summer transfer window.


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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