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Sheffield Wednesday: Bruce must offload Jordan Rhodes this summer

Sheffield Wednesday: Bruce must offload Jordan Rhodes this summer

It has been a hugely frustrating few years for Jordan Rhodes at Sheffield Wednesday, hasn’t it?

Having arrived at Hillsborough in 2017 with a fearsome reputation of being able to score almost at will in the Championship, it was hoped that the forward would be able to fire the Owls to promotion.

However, in what was an extremely underwhelming debut season for Rhodes, he only managed to find the back of the net on seven occasions despite making 35 appearances in all competitions for Wednesday.

With then-boss Jos Luhukay deciding that he had seen enough of the £4.5m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt), he loaned him out to Norwich City last summer.

Although Rhodes would end up winning the second tier title with the Canaries, the fact that he once again failed to produce any sort of consistency during the 2018/19 campaign suggests that the Owls must do all they can to sell him this summer.

According to The Sun on Sunday (as quoted by HITC), Wednesday are reportedly not willing to let Rhodes leave for anything less than £7m, a fee which may put off any potential buyers.

If this is indeed true, Steve Bruce simply has to consider lowering the asking price for the Scotland international as, given his wretched form over the past two seasons, the likelihood of someone paying that much is very low.

Considering the fact that the 58-year-old already has better-attacking options at his disposal at Hillsborough in the form of Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri, it could be argued that he does not even need Rhodes for the 2019/20 campaign and so cashing in on him would be the correct decision.

Even if Bruce only recuperates a fraction of the fee that he values the 29-year-old at, he could use the money to make some much-needed improvements to his squad ahead of next season.

What do you think Owls fans? Should Bruce sell Rhodes this summer? Or does the forward deserve another chance to impress next year? Get in touch below.

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