Jamie Smith has admitted it was ‘a tough decision’ to drop Jordan Rhodes for Sheffield Wednesday’s clash with Bristol City on Saturday.
The striker faces an uncertain future at Hillsborough with his contract at the club due to expire at the end of the season.
Rhodes is one of the club’s highest earners and that means that there is real doubt over whether he’ll be at the club next term with the Owls on track to be relegated to League One after a disappointing season.
The 31-year-old has been a regular starter for Darren Moore’s side in recent weeks but the decision was made to drop him to the bench for Saturday’s clash with Bristol City.
The Owls ended up dropping points in that game after being held to a 1-1 draw, but when quizzed on the absence of the seven-goal attacker, Moore’s number two refused to go into detail on why he was only deemed suitable for a place on the bench.
As quoted by Yorkshire Live, Smith said: “Jordan has done well for us and will continue to do well for us for the rest of the season.
“It was a tough decision (to leave him out) but one that was made.”
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It certainly seems like the writing is on the wall for Jordan Rhodes.
Given the level of wages that he’s on it seems like a huge ask for him to agree terms with the Owls in order to stick around at the club next term as they move into League One.
It’ll be interesting to see what the coming weeks have in store for Rhodes with his Sheffield Wednesday career seemingly coming to an end.