This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Sheffield Wednesday acquired Jordan Rhodes on a permanent deal after a loan during the end of the 2016/17 season. The Owls forked out £10million for the former Middlesbrough man (via BBC Sport).
However, following the permanent switch he struggled to make much of an impact, scoring just seven goals across all competitions. As a result, Wednesday sent Rhodes out on loan the following season to Norwich. The 30-year-old’s time with the Canaries wasn’t a bad one at all, helping the side reach promotion to the Premier League and notching six goals in total for himself in the second tier (via Transfermarkt).
Should Wednesday give Jordan Rhodes a new deal?
Since his return from loan, the striker has featured just 12 times in the Championship and was completely left out of the squad on 19 occasions. In a side brimming with young talent, the gradual ousting of an ageing player is usually the norm, however Garry Monk is looking at 12 senior out of contract players this summer and can’t afford to be pushing players away.
Rhodes is amongst those looking at the end of his current deal with Wednesday and it doesn’t seem likely that a new one will be coming his way. Since he joined the Yorkshire outfit, the Scotland international’s market value has dropped significantly. He is currently worth a reported £1.4m, plummeting almost 90% from what Wednesday originally paid for him.
Despite contributing to 17 goals during his time with the Owls, it seems Monk is moving the squad on without him. With just one month left on his contract, it likely Rhodes will walk from the club as a free agent and Wednesday will take a hefty £10m loss.
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