IT’S the stark statistic that demonstrates just how much Ipswich Town lost when Jordan Rhodes was allowed to leave the club.

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Town strikers since Jordan Rhodes’ exit

Pablo Counago - 29 games, 3 goals

David Healy - 12 games, 1 goal

Stern John - 9 games, 1 goal

Daryl Murphy- 79 games, 16 goals

Ronan Murray - 14 games, 1 goal

Tamas Priskin - 60 games, 9 goals

Jon Stead - 26 games, 7 goals

Jon Walters - 48 games, 8 goals

Connor Wickham - 70 games, 15 goals

Rory Fallon - 6 games, 1 goal

Jason Scotland - 97 games, 21 goals

Michael Chopra - 70 games, 18 goals (present)

Nathan Ellington - 19 games, 0 goals

Tyrone Barnett - 3 games, 0 goals

DJ Campbell - 17 games, 10 goals

David McGoldrick - 5 games, 1 goal (present)

Aaron Mclean - 5 games, 1 goal (present)

Frank Nouble - 3 games (no starts) 0 goals (present)

Paul Taylor - 3 games, 0 goals

Since being deemed surplus to requirements by former manager Roy Keane, in 2009, Rhodes, pictured, has found the net in league and cup games on 106 occasions and become a full Scotland international for good measure.

For the past three seasons, the striker has admittedly plied his trade in League One but made a smooth transition to the Championship and has already scored 20 goals for Town’s opponents on Saturday, Blackburn Rovers, since his £8million move from Huddersfield Town in August.

In contrast, since the goal-poacher left Suffolk, Town have fielded 19 recognised strikers, who between them have yielded 113 league and cup goals. Lining up in attack for the Blues, against Rhodes and Rovers on Saturday, is likely to be any two of David McGoldrick, Aaron Mclean and Daryl Murphy.

Murphy has scored 16 goals in 79 games for the Blues, during three loan spells, while relative newcomers, Mclean and McGoldrick, got off the mark for their new club last weekend.

Jordan Rhodes since leaving Ipswich

2009-10: 19 League goals, 4 cup goals

2010-11: 16 League goals, 6 cup goals,

2011-12: 36 League goals, 4 cup and play-off goals

2012-13: 20 League goals, 1 cup goal

It remains to be seen whether the latter duo will be the answer to Ipswich’s goalscoring shortfalls, with the majority that have gone before them, following Rhodes’ departure, having done little to temper the anger that was sparked by his exit.

Jason Scotland, who was allowed to join fellow Championship strugglers Barnsley last month, did score 21 goals in just over two years at the club, while DJ Campbell’s 10 goals in 17 loan appearances earlier this campaign is the only return that has come anything close to appeasing the Portman Road faithful.

Ironically, Ipswich head to Blackburn, who are also expected to tie up a loan deal for Campbell tomorrow, on the back of their biggest Championship victory of the season – 4-0 against Middlesbrough last Saturday – and the Blues’ latest strikeforce showed signs of promise with both Mclean and McGoldrick on target.

Loanee McGoldrick will pen a permanent two-year deal in the summer, having scored 17 goals for Coventry City earlier in the season.

Mclean, meanwhile, a prolific striker in League One with Peterborough, is due to remain at Portman Road for the remainder of the season, before returning to Hull City.

Fellow striker Frank Nouble is being touted as a prospect for the future after signing an 18-month deal with the club, while the future of Michael Chopra, who has scored just four goals this season, remains in doubt, with the striker currently down the pecking order under Mick McCarthy.

Murphy, meanwhile, will return to Glasgow at the end of the current campaign with McCarthy having yet to reveal whether or not he wants to keep the forward.

7 comments

  • What a pointless article. He has only had one year in the championship so you cannot then compare. Leave this article for two more seasons then print, by that time if blackburn are not promoted he will move clubs again if not sooner. He would not be playing for town now as we would have sold him before this season lets just concentrate on what we have at the moment and see the promising partnership forging. Get rid of chopra and see what else is available at end of season. It isnt always the strikers but who feeds them and we have lacked in that department so again pointless article you can only finish what is put in front of you.

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    finchk702

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • If you saw the 2 goals Jordan got last week it wasn't all about service. The first was mostly of his making, feinting then taking it wider before shooting across the keeper whilst the second was all about strength and skill leaving him a simple shot past the keeper. That second goal was likened to Shearer at his best by the pundit. Just goes back to the tale of Jordan out and Priskin in. What a joke.

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    bristan

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Nice to see someone get his brain into gear before posting a comment. Well said finchk702. Lack of proper service have left our often loan striker isolated and getting the blame for lack of goals. We really must get a creative midfielder and a decent winger. Noticable how much better Cresswell's crosses were on Saturday, far better than our current winger. .

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    Rex Ide

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Must be a slow day at the Star. Really, why oh why do we keep having to go back to historical and mostly negative choices. He left and has done well for someone else, get over it and lets concentrate on our current crop rather than this meaningless twaddle.

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    redhotitfc

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • I feel it's a bit premature including 3 current strikers as they have only 13 games between them and one has been out injured virtually since he joined ITFC. None have played regularly with the same partner and the supply to them has been less than useless. Counago was a fans favourite, but was never prolific and several were at the wrong end of their careers. Yes, Jordan Rhodes departure does appear to have been a huge error but it's no good crying over spilt strikers. We have the basis for a good partnership. Let's pass judgement when they have had 20 games together.

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    whymarkmariner

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • 3 mindless and fatuous comments on what is an interesting (but ill-thought out) premise for a filler on a slow news day. The point you EADT hacks should be raising is why, when a good player turns up he is promptly sold. If we are charitable & assume that Rhodes was released for buttons because of Keane's utter incompetence & unsuitability for the job, that does not explain why Walters & Wickham have also exited stage left for huge fees while this apparent striker vacuum exists. You could write the same article about every position at Portman Road. The simple answer is that the club is being asset-stripped and staffed by loanees who are being paid by other clubs. This allows all the income to be siphoned off - and the debt inflated to boot.

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

  • Steroo, Walters and Wickham both chose to leave to go to bigger clubs and have the chance of premiership football. Walters in partcular had family connections on that part of the world as well. You ignore these key facts in your biased analysis. It is not realaric to try to keep players at the club against their will. Rhodes was different. He went because of keane and also to get regular football. When he left, he was nothing more than a young player with potential, who had done OK when he played for the first team, no more and no less. He went on to show he can score goals at this level and in hindsight it is hardly a revelation to say we should have kept him. But hindsight is 20 20 vision. Steroo you are forever taking a deconstructive and negative view. It is easy to point out flaws and errors. We can all do that. What is harder is to suggest positive suggestions to improve the situation. I have never seen you do this, or even attempt to do it.

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    Tom

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

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