News has been circulating of a Hull City move for Jordan Rhodes, but what price can lure him away from Blackburn? What role would he play at Hull, and why should he make the move?
Let’s start with Blackburn. A player who for the past three seasons has consistently clocked 20 plus goals in the championship at the young age of 23 is a highly valuable asset to most teams. But with Blackburn desperate to get back into the Premier League, they can’t go on without him.
Their scouts would be asked a tough job to find a replacement for him as well, which begs the question: Why sell at all? If they are to sell, they’ll need a replacement lined up, and they’ll need to find one cheap.
They’ll most likely look to the best performers in League One. Britt Assombolonga springs to mind, but he has gone to forest for £5.5 million. So to get a player of the same calibre as Rhodes, they will have to splash out a figure in that region.
They will want to make a sizeable profit, not forgetting they bought him for £8 million, and 20% goes to his previous employers. So to make an estimated guess, Hull will have to re-invest all of the money they made from the sale of Shane Long (£12 million) and then some.
Recent rumours of a player swap deal could be a problem solver for the decision makers at Blackburn. That way they can spend more money on their replacement, without having to worry on saving some to expand the squad.
His role at Hull
If the deal goes through, for whatever fee, he’d be a great addition for the Hull City squad. With Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup games to play this season, their calendar is jam-packed full of non-stop football, so depth is absolutely vital.
Long is a big loss, he works his socks of whenever he plays, and is priceless for a team in the bottom half of the premier league, well, almost. But more importantly, they’ve left themselves with Yannick Sagbo, Sone Aluko and Nikica Jelavic to pick from up front, with a few others possessing the ability to play there if needed.
If Bruce wants to stick with his philosophy of two different teams for Europe and domestic, then they’ll need that fourth striker. To get one of Rhodes’ ability is a bonus but he’ll need that ability because a top goalscorer, as we all know, can get you out of so many situations.
But he won’t just be another name on the team roster, Rhodes is a player who can finish his chances – a different player to Aluko or sagbo, who are goal creators and big target men respectively. Jelavic has that ability, but can’t play every game, so he will fill in when called upon.
As for pace up front, that has been lost with the departure of Long. Rhodes doesn’t have that, but can gets into the spaces where goals are scored, and we’ve all seen great strikers who haven’t relied on pace, but have outshone those who do. Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez come to mind, obviously not of the same calibre, but almost a lite version.
Reasons he should move to Hull
So what’s the point? Why can’t he just carry on scoring goal after goal at Blackburn and go down in the clubs history?
Of course he could do that, but at the age of 23, he has so much potential to improve, and after three seasons of consecutive goal scoring prowess, you’d think nows the time to step up his game.
Hull need a goalscorer who can bag them 10 plus goals a season, and they could provide him with the chance to make his name in the premier league. Who knows, if it all goes well and he continues his form into the Premier League, maybe even international football is on the cards.
There’s still time, and should this deal not go through I wonder if he will ever make the step up, and if he does will that be too late…