May 19 2013 Latest news:
By Dave Gooderham
Monday, May 28, 2012
IS it written in the footballing Gods?
Will Jordan Rhodes be back at Portman Road next season, for newly-promoted Huddersfield Town, and give the Super Blues a first-hand look at what they have been missing?
The man who many Blues fans believe made the worst transfer decision in recent years might have gone but Roy Keane’s gaffe lives on.
Rhodes celebrated promotion with the Terriers after Saturday’s dramatic penalty shoot-out play-off win over Sheffield United at Wembley.
But the champagne had barely been uncorked when the spotlight quickly fell on whether Rhodes might bypass Championship football and head straight to the Premier League.
His 40 goals in League One have made him one of the hottest properties outside the top flight and Huddersfield have a fight on their hands keeping hold of him.
Had they failed in the play-offs for the third consecutive year, Rhodes would have unquestionably left.
Ironically, the fact that they are now a Championship club might still not be enough.
Premier League clubs will come in for him, Fulham have been linked with a £5 million move, and the Terriers might think selling their top asset could help build their squad next season. But they certainly don’t need to sell and chairman Dean Hoyle was right to insist they have the power.
When asked if he thought Rhodes would line up for his club next season, Hoyle was coy and said any buyer would have to cough up £50 million.
While the chairman’s valuation might have been a little tongue-in-cheek, it is clear he won’t accept anything other than a massive offer. It might be player and club have a behind-closed-doors agreement to keep Rhodes at the club for another year before getting his chance in the country’s top division.
So it remains to be seen whether Rhodes will arrive at Portman Road next season or not.
If he is, he will be afforded a warm reception by the home fans, even if they will be privately fearing the worst.