Is Jordan Rhodes ready to make the leap to the Premier League? THT has the scouting report On the Blackburn Rovers striker.
Arsenal and Manchester United have both registered definite interest in the past in 23-year-old Championship striker Jordan Rhodes, who holds the uncomfortable record of having scored for 8 different managers in 1 season alone. His goal tally and fox-in-the-box nature make him an invaluable commodity on the transfer market.
THT takes a closer look at Blackburn Rovers‘ Jordan Rhodes who has attracted interest from a number of English powerhouses after his successful move from Huddersfield to Blackburn last summer. The young Scot is now a regular for his international team and has showed great promise and a wonderful eye for goal. Football league one player of the season 2011-12, multiple golden boots and scoring records at Huddersfield, Rhodes is here to stay. Considered by many as the finest player in England playing outside the Premier League, there is no shortage of ability in the Ipswich youth product.
This is the scouting report:
Like every great goalscorer, once in the box Rhodes can smell blood and knows exactly where the goal is. He scored 36 goals in 40 games for Huddersfield back in 2011-12 and has hit the ground running at Blackburn, leading the goalscoring charts with 23 goals this season. Rhodes’ composure in front of goal and calmness in one on one situations happens to be his biggest strength.
For a player who scores so many goals, Rhodes doesn’t have many touches of the ball. His passing is decent over short ranges but lacks imagination and creativity when dropping deep to receive the ball. Having said that, the Scot is never shy of keeping the ball moving and despite not having a very high passing percentage, he compensates for it by being ready to receive a pass more often than not.
Jordan Rhodes could be categorized as a player with acceptable pace. It would be an unlikely sight to see him take on a defender and beat him for pace. This makes him a little uncertain and a possible liability for counter attacking systems. Also the lack of any evident pace restricts his individual prowess and makes him dependent on service from midfield.
Link up play
The 23 year old is a proper team player and tends to bring in loads of players into the game. The fact that Rhodes’ game is built around his predator instincts more than anything else means he has to have a good rapport with the midfield and the requirement for this understanding enhances his link up game another notch.
Hold up play
Built 6 feet 2 inches tall, Rhodes shields the ball extremely well. His physique is impressive and makes him adept at holding off defenders. Like typical English strikers, Rhodes is a wonderful back-to-goal striker, demanding players to make runs from midfield.
Most British players boast of an extremely powerful shot in both feet and Rhodes is no exception. A powerful and more importantly accurate right foot along with good heading ability makes the Scot versatile in terms of goalscoring. Dominant in the air, the former Huddersfield man has an excellent leap and a very good judgement of the ball.
99 goals in Rhodes’ senior club career at the young age of just 23 has to be attributed to his opportunism and being at the right place at the right time. Off the ball movements and give-and-go’s make him one of the most mobile attackers in the country. One sniff at a goal and he will be in the right place to score: be it ricochets or deflections or goalkeeper fumbles, Rhodes would almost telepathically always be there to hit the back of the net.
VERDICT: Jordan Rhodes is almost ready
A clinical striker, the Jordan Rhodes has got all the ingredients to make the cut at the top. A strong right foot with excellent movement and a knack for goal make sure his pace handicap isn’t much of a problem. Rhodes needs to keep working hard on his visible potential before he eventually makes the move to the Premier League. But is he ready to take on some of the best defenders in the world and stamp his authority on games? Not just yet, but then he will only improve. The top tier in English awaits the Scotsman.