Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Carlton Palmer believes his old side will not miss Jordan Rhodes should the striker depart at the end of the season.
Rhodes, who scored in the Owls’ 2-1 defeat to Norwich City last weekend, is one of numerous players at Hillsborough whose contract is set to expire in the summer and does not appear close to signing a new one.
The 31-year-old initially joined Wednesday on a loan deal back in 2017 before signing permanently but has failed to live up to expectations. Rhodes has scored just four league goals this season, and Palmer is adamant he will not be a huge loss due to that type of record and the money he is currently on (said to be £35,000 per week).
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When asked if losing a player like Rhodes would be a blow to the club, the retired Premier League footballer told FFC:
“Not really, no. To be honest with you, he’s on too much money for that league, he’s on Premier League wages and he hasn’t done it. If you look at how long he’s been at Sheffield Wednesday, he hasn’t done it. He’s one of those players that needs to go.”
Palmer later added: “From what I’m hearing, he’s in the late 30s, early 40s. So that’s crazy money for the Championship, crazy money. You look at his goal record – it’s not been phenomenal while at Wednesday.”
During his time at Blackburn Rovers, Rhodes was one of the deadliest forwards in the Championship. The Scotland international managed to score over 80 goals between 2012 and 2016 for the club before going on to join Middlesbrough.
He has been unable to reach that kind of level again, though, and a Hillsborough exit could now be in everyone’s best interest.