Heavily debated on social media and in newspapers and so on as of late, the situation of prolific striker, Jordan Rhodes.
Rhodes is currently a somewhat key striker for Blackburn, he also scored this Wednesday against Bolton to secure the three points for Gary Bowyer’s side.
The striker, 25, has somewhat relaxed after signing his a contract extension with the club in June. This will keep him at the club until 2019.
The Scottish international has not been featured in the teams that the manager, Gary Bowyer, has put out. Most significantly, he was left out of the FA Cup game against Liverpool which was a shock.
However, despite the interest from Derby, Norwich, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough, Bowyer is confident he will hold onto the forward.
The Blackburn manager said: ”I don’t understand why we’d want to even consider loaning one of our players to rivals” to BBC Lancashire.
The clubs will have to match the asking fee set by Blackburn, which is in excess of £8million. With Blackburn also in a transfer embargo, which makes the deal look better, as it would allow Bowyer to strengthen positions all over the pitch.
Bowyer went on to say: “If you look at our game plan and the way we went about it, we were never going to go to Anfield with two strikers.” which is completely true.
Furthermore, if the manager was going purely off merit this season while selecting the XI to play Liverpool, Rudy Gestede may have made it due to the style of football he may have looked to implement.
The teams interested are both surprising and not surprising.
Derby have accepted what Bowyer said and started looking into another loan striker, starting with the ex-Leeds player, Ross McCormack.
A key striker may prove vital for Derby in their tough run in, and could make or break their hopes of promotion, as the back of the net has not been found all too often in recent times.
Nottingham Forest need a striker as their hitman and record signing Britt Assombalonga has been ruled out for a lengthy time period of 12 months, following his knee surgery.
However, Dougie Freedman and his men are finding the back of the net, unlike Derby. So a loan striker is not a necessary.
Middlesbrough find themselves in prime position. Joint top and no injuries to key strikers, or any player apart from Damia that is. Rhodes may be an asset to the team as he is a prolific forward who can pop up when needed.
Norwich may need Rhodes too as Lewis Grabban will miss the run in due to ankle surgery. However, Cameron Jerome has been putting in a shift for the Canaries as well, and Gary Hooper is coming back from injury. The Canaries have really kicked on recently and showed that they are capable of a top two finish at least.