Sheffield Wednesday are in no hurry to decide the future of their striker, Jordan Rhodes who is currently on loan with the Canaries.
Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay told the Sheffield Star: “I have not seen him play live in the last month, he was not always a first XI player.
“In the time he has played, he has scored. I am very happy for Jordan, but the season is long and we will see next summer what the future holds for him.”
The talk is that Rhodes earns £38.5k per week – That £500 was clearly crucial to the deal! On that sort of salary I would imagine the Owls’ board would be keen to offload him, which means a successful loan at Norwich is in everyone’s interest.
He cost the Owls a reported £8m as they literally went for broke with a Championship challenge over the previous two seasons that ultimately failed. Having thrown money at the problem, the club then found that they had fallen foul of Financial Fair Play rules and suffered a summer transfer embargo as a result, which surely can’t have been any surprise after the recruitment of the likes of Steven Fletcher and Gary Hooper along with our Jordan on big contracts.
There’s been plenty of speculation about whether Norwich should buy Jordan Rhodes but it will come down to one thing, I’d say.
Even then, and that’s the only way we could surely afford to pay him anything like his current salary, I’d have to question whether he would be good enough to score regularly in the top flight and at (then) age 29, there would be no resale value in him should we need/want to move him on.
At this level, he looks like a very good striking option but should we go up, I think I’d want to stay clear and explore other options. He had the chance to play in the top flight under Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough but hardly featured before being loaned to Wednesday.
As I say, promotion would be the only financial situation in which we could afford Jordan permanently and even then, I’m not so sure he’s up to it.
Listen to me, talking about a possible promotion in November. I’ll be quiet now.