Movie Ranking: five / 5
The manager of Blackburn Rovers, Gary Bowyer, has made it clear that if somebody comes to him with a high bid for the young English striker Jordan Rhodes, he might let him go.
Rhodes who is in his early twenties at the moment is being considered as an exceptional young talent. There have been speculations that he would be bought by a Premier League side pretty soon and the statement made by Bowyer suggests that these speculations might turn out to be true.
Rhodes had come through the ranks at Barnsley and then, he made a move at Ipswich Town. But, the club where he developed the most as an attacking player was Huddersfield Town. He made close to 150 appearances there and found the net regularly.
Rhodes’ Blackburn career started in August 2012. The Riversiders bought him after paying 8 million Pounds as transfer fee. He started delivering right from the word go at Ewood Park. In his debut season, he played 48 matches and struck 27 times.
The 23 years old striker has continued on his merry way this season too and has already scored quite a few goals. According to the reports, he is wanted by some top clubs.
When asked about Rhodes being linked with other clubs, Bowyer said, “Look, we are not in a mood to put him on sale. His value for us is significant, but, if we are offered an unbelievable amount to let him go, we would have to think about it quite seriously.”
Blackburn has suffered huge defeats in the last couple of games. First, they got thumped by Manchester City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on Wednesday and then, Nottingham Forest handed them a 1-4 humiliation in a Championship game during the weekend.
The top goal-scorer of Blackburn Rovers Jordan Rhodes had to be taken out of the Scotland squad’s against USA and Norway on international friendly matches after sustaining an injury during the training session of his national squad.
It was initially suspected that he would be missing out from a number of matches with his club Blackburn Rovers but after completing scans it was later revealed that no extensive damage was made and was fit to play in the upcoming matches of his club.
“I thought at the time that I’d cracked a bone,” Blackburn’s record signing told BBC Radio Lancashire.
“Luckily enough, the things afterwards have proved otherwise and hopefully I’m on the mend now.” Injuries are part and parcel of football and life. It’s not the first and it won’t be the last. You just continue to do the best you can’’.
“I’ll try and live my life the best I can from now until I get fit, and I’ll try and get myself out on the field as soon as possible.”
The head coach of Blackburn Rovers Gary Bowyer also spoke about their current financial situation that will force him to offload player if they want to bring fresh talent from the next transfer window.
He admitted the playing squad must be trimmed in January if Blackburn are to bring down debts and avoid financial penalties but promised Jordan Rhodes, who already has 10 goals to his name, would not be sold.
Following a number of expensive but unsuccessful signings and despite having a mid-table position Bowyer admitted that the squad has to be trimmed down in January in order to cope with all the debts and financial penalties that have been given to them.
The Blackburn manager Michael Appleton has said that he expects the striker Jordan Rhodes. The striker managed to score the goals in the recent 2-0 win over Bristol city. The striker has been one of the positive aspects of the club this season. His goals in the match against Bristol were his 19th this season. It is an incredible return for the player who has made 28 appearances in all competitions. He was one of the expensive signings in the Championship this season, but he has so far proved to be a great value. However, the manager Appleton has said that would like to see an improvement from the player when it comes to the hold-up play.
Even the opposition manager Sean O’Driscoll was in praise of the striker by saying that he is very much similar to Alan Shearer at his best. The former Blackburn Rovers striker is regarded as a legend after his achievements with the club. Hence, it is quite a praise to be compared alongside a player like Shearer. O’Driscoll has praised the attributes of Rhodes by saying that is extremely quick and alive in the box. It makes him the first person to react to any opportunities and half chances that may come his way.
“He’s a very good finisher. That is why the football club paid the money that they did to bring him here. I want to bring more to his game, I want him to be better at holding the ball up,” said the Blackburn manager. “He’s clever. Give him a chance inside the six-yard box and I know who my money would be on. You’ve got mark him from a corner. He’s not the quickest, he’s just clever. I’ve watched him so many times, he almost feeds on scraps and he doesn’t get frustrated, which is his biggest plus for me,” said O’Driscoll.