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.
When Sheffield Wednesday signed Jordan Rhodes from Middlesbrough in early 2017, there was plenty of excitement around Hillsborough.
Indeed, this was a player who had a reputation for scoring lots of goals in the Championship and had the stats to back it up – he netted 82 league goals in three and a half seasons at that level for Blackburn Rovers (Transfermarkt).
He arrived in South Yorkshire initially on a loan deal, with an agreement in place for the Owls to pay a fee believed to be £10 million for him a few months later (via BBC Sport).
However, despite his goalscoring past and his big transfer fee, the former Huddersfield Town man has simply failed to live up to expectations during his time at Sheffield Wednesday.
In his first half-season with the Owls he managed to score just three times in 18 league appearances (Transfermarkt), whilst also failing to step up to take a penalty as they lost in a shootout against Huddersfield in the play-offs – not great for a £10 million striker (Transfermarkt).
He then embarked on his first full campaign with the club in 17/18, but once again failed to score goals on a regular basis. He finished up with just five to his name in 31 league appearances, whilst also providing just one assist (Transfermarkt).
As a result of his poor performances for Wednesday, he was allowed to leave the club on loan for the 18/19 season and he ended up joining Norwich City.
He has since returned to the Owls for the current season, and he is out of favour under Garry Monk. The likes of Steven Fletcher, Atdhe Nuhiu, Fernando Forestieri and Sam Winnall are all ahead of him in the pecking order, and he has managed just 60 minutes on the pitch in the Championship so far this term (Transfermarkt).
In total, Rhodes has scored a meagre 10 goals in his 60 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday (Transfermarkt). You would have to say that it was £10 million that wasn’t well spent from the Owls, he is now worth just £2.7 million according to Transfermarkt, and it may be time for the club to just cut their losses.
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