Sheffield Wednesday forward Jordan Rhodes has suggested that he is leaving the situation regarding his future with the Owls up to ‘the powers that be’ but insisted he is happy to feel wanted once again.
Rhodes has come to life in the last few weeks under Darren Moore with the forward being handed the chance to come into the starting line-up and make a difference for the Owls. The forward managed to register his fifth and sixth league goals of the campaign in the vital 2-1 win at Barnsley on Saturday (Sofascore), which underlines his importance to the side at the moment.
The 31-year-old, though, is set to be out of contract in the summer and his future remains uncertain with Huddersfield Town having been the latest club to be linked with a potential move for him in the summer. It will therefore be interesting to see what his future holds with Owls unsure even of what league they will be operating in come the start of next term.
Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Rhodes has suggested that his long-term future is out of his hands at the moment and he is leaving that up to people higher up in the football club. However, he did suggest that he is feeling good to be wanted again now that he has managed to earn a starting place and get on the scoresheet.
He said: “I really am enjoying my football… It’s nice to be out there, it’s nice to be wanted again. I’m doing my best, and that’s all I can say.”
“That’s for the powers that be (his future), that’s way out of my control, I’ll just leave it at that.”
Rhodes finally seems like a player who is approaching his best form at Hillsborough and looks like he could actually go on a prolonged run in the team and a prolonged run of scoring. That is a major boost for the Owls, but it will also be a source of frustration that it has taken him this long to find that kind of form with six goals he has this term already his best tally in a single season for them.
It is something of a mystery as to why he has not been included in the Owls’ starting line-up more often under previous managers in the last few years. However, Moore seems to have a belief in his ability and is wanting to give him the chance to be the main man and make the all-important difference in the final third.
You could imagine that staying at Hillsborough looks a more promising option to Rhodes now than it might have done a few months ago. However, if the club drop to League One there is no way they would be able to afford his current wage demands. He would therefore have to take a pay cut, but he could be very good in the third tier if Sheffield Wednesday did find themselves at that level.