Steve Bruce has recently admitted defeat in the chase for Jordan Rhodes during this window.
As quoted by The Birmingham Mail the Aston Villa boss said of a potential transfer:
“It looks as if that’s run its course. We tried our best to bring him in but that looks as if it’s not going to happen.”
The news, then, will obviously come as a blow to Villa fans as well as the player but for Middlesbrough, it really doesn’t look great on them.
The Riverside Stadium club signed Rhodes in January of last season with the idea that he would fire them to the Premier League.
But, whilst they have reached the top flight since, Rhodes hasn’t really been a success and a move away would have done everyone a favour.
And that is where we have our problem.
Whilst Boro understandably want to make as much money back as possible their utter stubbornness has left them with nothing for a forward that next to no Championship club is going to want to pay for at that price.
Boro signed him for that fee when he was one of the brightest stars in the Championship and so it made sense but he’s now bang out of form and match-fitness and may never reach those heights again.
The two patches of form could not be more different and yet for his current club it’s as if he’s still the same player.
It’s poor showing from them, and is something they really need to consider changing their stance on.
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