Date:Thursday July 10 2014
Just because speculation says Blackburn Rovers have slapped a £10million price tag on the head of Jordan Rhodes it doesn't mean that this is true does it!!
If any price tag has been put on the Scottish International I'd be very surprised if it was as little as £10million anyway as this is only two million more than we paid for him when we signed him from Huddersfield Town and you can't tell me he's only enhanced his value by two million by scoring more than fifty goals for Rovers in two seasons, we'd lose that "profit" (not that we'd be in profit anyway when you take into account wages paid) as they'll be getting twenty percent of what we bring in anyway.
Something's are more important though and sometimes you do have to resist temptation.
I'm always concerned (when a transfer window is open) that Jordan's going to have offers made for him and speculation might turn his head, however, we look in good shape to sustain a serious promotion push this season so why would Rhodes look to join another Championship side?? Premier League interest will be harder to resist.
However, I'm hopeful that we'll get at least one more season from the striker, if we're not able to make it into the Premier League at the end of this season then in my honest view (as long as the fee is reflective as was the club signed for) I'd not hold it against him if he decided next summer was the time to move on and would be sorry to see him leave but respect his wishes.
In my honest opinion Rhodes isn't looking to move on this summer I don't think, maybe January could be different depending on how he's performing along with how Rovers are going in the League, but I think as a club we've got to resists any temptation to sell for as long as we can.
It's all good and well gaining £10million for him (maybe more, I'd value him at £12million-£15million minimum as he's an out and out goalscorer that's proven this everywhere he's been), however, that is pocket change when you think of the riches that the Premier League can bring and another season of holding off could see us back at that level and that would be worth much more to Rovers than cashing in now!!
What Venky's would do if and when we got back into the topflight is the guess of anybody but we need to keep hold of the likes of Rhodes this season at almost any cost to retain this chance. It's a near certainty that Rhodes will maintain his value so another season at least shouldn't do any harm to anyone and could actually be to the benefit of all if continued patience and willingness to hold off is shown.
Date:Thursday July 10 2014
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