As reported by Football Insider, Celtic’s last-ditch attempt to bring Jordan Rhodes to Parkhead on transfer deadline day did not materialise.
However, Football Insider subsequently claimed that the Sheffield Wednesday striker remains keen on a potential move to the Scottish champions in the summer transfer window if the Hoops renew their interest in him.
Football Insider noted that Rhodes, who turns 30 this week, is currently set to become a free agent next summer as his £40,000-a-week contract at Hillsborough expires at the end of the season.
Rhodes has an excellent track record in the English Football League, with 208 club career goals to his name and 108 in the Championship, although he has made just six Premier League appearances and didn’t score in any of those.
The striker has been far from prolific at Sheffield Wednesday this season, with just three goals from 15 appearances. Remarkably, all of those goals came in a 4-0 rout of Nottingham Forest in mid-December, having not scored before then or since. He had struggled to get into the Owls’ line-up for the first four months of the season but has been featuring more regularly since the start of December. [via TransferMarkt]
Rhodes’ three goals this term have been scored in 690 minutes, with an average of one every 230 minutes. That rate pales in comparison with Celtic’s top scorer Odsonne Edouard, who has 21 goals in 2,891 minutes of game-time this season (one every 137.67 minutes) and also falls well short of Leigh Griffiths’ six goals in 903 minutes (one every 150.5 minutes).
Also, Hoops manager Neil Lennon added to his attacking options last month with the £3.5m capture of Patryk Klimala (as per The Scottish Sun), and with the Northern Irishman starting with just one centre-forward for most of the season (though he has gone with two up top in recent games), competition for places in the Hoops’ attack is already intense.
Will Edouard leave Celtic in 2020?
Rhodes is reasonably strong in the air (2.1 successful aerial duels per game) but tends to be sloppy in possession with a passing success rate of just 58.7%. Edouard and Griffiths have passing accuracy rates of 70% and 80% respectively this season and they have averaged 2.5 and 1.5 shots per game respectively, compared to 1.3 per game for the Sheffield Wednesday man.
Although Rhodes has been prolific in the English Football League throughout his career, his lack of top-flight goals and modest scoring record this season appear to suggest that he would not shoot the lights out at Celtic.
The Hoops already have two strikers in Edouard and Griffiths who have been outperforming him in recent months, while Lennon will likely want to give Klimala a chance to prove his worth after spending £3.5m on him. Therefore, if Rhodes were to go to Celtic in the summer, he would probably be a reserve option at best and, even with him on course to become a free agent at the end of the season, the Hoops should find a more potent striking option elsewhere.
Celtic fans, would you like to see Rhodes at the club later this year? Do you think he could be a decent backup striker or even forge his way into Lennon’s first choice XI if he were to join the Hoops? Share your views in the comments section below!
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