Speaking on The Wednesday Til I Die Podcast, Tommy Spurr has backed Jordan Rhodes to start scoring goals again as long as he gets a game.
The striker has only netted seven times this term, and while he had a good run of form a few weeks ago, once again, the goals have dried up for him.
Spurr believes that if everyone just lets him get on with his football, he will inevitably start scoring again.
“I played with him for a couple of years at Blackburn and he’s just a goalscorer. They were asking me about him because he’s not been playing, but I say he just needs to play, leave him and just let him play,” Spurr said.
“Gary Bowyer used to say at Blackburn like people would question him and say after games ‘he’s gone five games without scoring and he’s not offering much else’ and all you have to ask is ‘how many goals will he get at the end of the season’, and he’d end up with 25 goals.
“He’s better when he plays with someone else up near him, but I remember that first game of the season a few years ago and he was making runs, but people just didn’t cross the ball, and I could hear him in his polite voice saying ‘just cross the ball’ and that’s what he needs, he will score, he will score, his record is there and he’s not all of a sudden become a person who can’t score goals.”
We’ve heard this so many times, but we still can’t help but feel that it’s on the money.
If it was any other striker with Rhodes’ goalscoring record at Wednesday, they’d have been written off years ago, but because of Rhodes’ pedigree, it’s hard to say that he’s not got it in his locker.
There are only two games left this season, and if the Owls are to stay up, they need to start scoring, and perhaps Rhodes is the man who can find the crucial goals in these final weeks.