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    Super_Clarets wrote:
    owd nick wrote:
    MattNewcastle wrote:
    theswayzeexpress wrote:
    Agree rochina would be an answer to the number 10 role problem, but it would have to be at the expense of one of our strikers to accommodate the midfield that's done so well for us this season. All this talk of bids coming in for Rhodes is no longer scaring me, gestede has done a fine job and with a real number 10 in the side we could be more fluid. Don't get me wrong I would prefer Rhodes to stay but just putting it out there that if we did sell there are other options that may suit us.
    Totally agree and if the team dynamics do change then perhaps a lot more players would chip in with goals.

    why is the talk always of Rhodes being the only option to our goalscoring.

    He has huge limitations for the overall team dynamics

    Would be intetesting seeing RR playing off RG. Would bet the pair of them would score goals between them.

    Some of our best creative goals in the past have had RR either scoring them or playing a part in setting them up.

    RR also hss the great ability of running at and beating defenders.

    I would hazzard a guess that there are many defenders that do not like playing against RR. He has never been given a sustained run of games and when he hss he has been chopped and changed.

    He was also a very young player who required the right kind of development.

    He could cause a great deal of damage if played in the 10 shirt, yes instead of Rhodes.

    Rhodes underperformed in so many games last year yet seemed to be constantly picked above others and never substituted when he quite clearly should have been.

    just wonder if yhere is a clause in his contract!

    Expect lots of thumbs down however I dont care for he has been built up by so many for far to long.
    The problem with Rhodes before Gestede arrived then kicked into gear was that he was being asked to to a job that he wasn't particularly suited to, i.e; play up front as the lone striker.

    Rhodes is a Lineker style striker, tricky and quick over 5 yards, no more, give him the ball in the box and facing goal and he will score 7 times out of 10, but expect him to hold the ball up 30 yds out, turn a defender and beat him for pace and you will be lucky to get 1 goal in 20.

    Horses for courses as the old saying goes, yet despite being asked to carry out a role he was totally unsuited for for the best part of the season he still managed 25 goals.

    For the best part of two seasons under five managers he has been our only goal scorer of note so it's no surprise he goes off the boil now and then; ffs it happened to Shearer as it does with every striker.

    The introduction of Gestede and the fact we now play with two wingers will be a bonus for Rhodes, if we can keep him I am pretty certain he will revert to type.

    Of course the speculation will continue, with good players it always does, but if at the end of the day he decides his time at Ewood is up then good luck to the lad.

    And for all the **** talked by the village idiot if we were to sell him for, say £10 million, Huddersfield would get just £200,000 as their 20% cut of any profit made which they are entitled to.
    You really are thick as mince.

    Firstly, 20% of £2million profit is actually £400,000. And that's just the sell on percentage.

    The original transfer fee was £8million. This was agreed in staged payments and so roughly £4million is still owed to Huddersfield Town.

    So if you sell Rhodes for £10million (highly unlikely given that FFP has you over a barrel) then you will actually only get £10m - £4m (still owed) - £400k (sell-on fee) = £5.6m.

    So like I said, roughly half.
    How do you have the cheek to call anyone thick???
    Thick as a plank :-)"
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Douglas: Bring in playmaker to help Rhodes

Douglas: Bring in playmaker to help Rhodes

Douglas: Bring in playmaker to help Rhodes

First published in Sport

BRYAN Douglas has urged Blackburn Rovers to bring in a playmaker to offer more support to Jordan Rhodes next season – as speculation over the striker’s future reignited once more.

Rhodes has been Rovers’ top scorer for the past two seasons and Norwich City have become the latest club to be linked with a potential move for the 24-year-old.

Rovers see Rhodes as an integral part of their plans for the 2014/15 campaign and would not welcome any approach for their star man.

Boss Gary Bowyer brought in Rudy Gestede to partner Rhodes up front in the second half of the 2013/14 season but club legend Douglas believes the striker still needs more help from central midfield if Rovers are to become the attacking force required for promotion.

“I’d like to see more support for him,” Douglas said.

“Jordan did well for Huddersfield and he’s done remarkably well for us.

“He is a predator but he’s not a Shearer, he can’t hold the ball up in the middle of the field by himself.

“He got a bit of support later on in the season (with Gestede), but having done that I think they need a playmaker.

“I like Tom Cairney, he can beat one or two people, but we need somebody who is going to cause some problems in the opposition’s third. We don’t have anyone at the moment to get near the penalty area.

“David Dunn sets a great example, I know David and although he’s from Great Harwood he’s Blackburn through and through.

“But he’s not getting any younger and I said to him that when he plays he’s flying about doing other people’s jobs at times.”

Norwich could be in the market for a big money striker this summer after reports that Gary Hooper wants to leave the club following their relegation from the Premier League. Ricky van Wolfswinkel could also be sold.

That would give the Canaries cash to spend on a replacement, with speculation that they could test the water with an approach for Rhodes.

But it would still take a huge bid to make Rovers soften even slightly on their long-held stance that Rhodes is not for sale.

Rovers finished eighth in the Championship table during 2013/14 and Douglas believes they can take inspiration from their fierce East Lancashire rivals Burnley, who gained promotion.

But he says they must also tighten up defensively to push for the Premier League.

“We’ve got to do what Burnley have done, we’ve got to get up there and stay up there and treat every game as a cup tie,” Douglas said.

“Make no mistake they’re a good side and thoroughly deserved to go up.

“I was disappointed that Rovers gave away too many goals from corners and free kicks, bad defensive mistakes.

“We did improve, I didn’t see the Wigan match because I was on holiday and I believe it was a great match, but we still conceded three goals at home.

“I want them to address sloppy goals being given away.

“We were a bit better towards the end of the season but I still think we need more.”

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