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Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk has firmly slammed the door in the face of Wigan Athletic, after Paul Cook’s side made an offer to take striker Jordan Rhodes on loan, according to a report by The Star.
Though the Owls are open to letting players leave during this window freeing up space to allow Monk to bolster his ranks, the Latics offer was not deemed to be good enough as it was made up of a small loan fee and only offered to pay a small proportion of the 29-year-old’s salary
Do you feel this was the right decision by the Owls to say no to this loan bid?
“Yes, at this point I think it was the right move from the Owls.
“Rhodes has been disappointing this season but with Fletcher injured and Wednesday not yet able to sign a new striker, you feel it’s wise to keep him in the squad.
“If the Yorkshire club are able to add a new forward then I think they should be open to letting Rhodes leave.
“However, until that point it’s too risky for me.”
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“I think it’s clear that any player who has been in and around Garry Monk’s first-team will be part of his plans going forward, given that they will struggle to add too many names this month.
“Wednesday’s financial restraints aren’t a secret this month and they will do well to replace their key players with the same quality if they let them leave on loan, like Rhodes.
“The Scottish international was left out in the cold until recent months when his hat-trick against Forest revitalised his Wednesday career, putting him right up the pecking order alongside Steven Fletcher.
“Fletcher’s injury has also played a big part in this decision, as Wednesday need to replace his goals for the next eight to ten weeks, and Rhodes could be that replacement, given his proven Championship pedigree.
“It would have been a huge mistake to let him go because the only other available strikers they have only have five goals in the league between them.”
“The case of Jordan Rhodes is an interesting one as an outside observer.
“As natural a poacher as you’re likely to find, Rhodes has struggled to settle anywhere since leaving Blackburn Rovers earlier in his career.
“Something wasn’t quite right during his time with Middlesbrough, and the same can be said about his time at Sheffield Wednesday.
“Rhodes might be a natural number nine, but Garry Monk doesn’t seem to be able to rely on him and that suggests that he could be available – particularly considering the Owls are being linked with several attacking options.
“Another aspect is the substantial wages that the striker is on, and it’s likely that any departure will need the bulk of his wages covering.
“By all accounts, that’s what has stopped Wigan from being able to strike a deal.
“I still feel like it’s a move that could have some legs, and you can’t help but feel that if a deal can be done it could be the perfect solution for all parties involved.”