Jon Newsome has refused to write off Jordan Rhodes at Sheffield Wednesday.
The Wednesday boss, Steve Bruce, has revealed he will speak to Rhodes’ loan club, Norwich City, next week regarding their plans for the striker.
It is, however, expected that Rhodes will return to Hillsborough when his temporary deal expires – although whether or not he stays thereafter remains to be seen.
Including the Scotland international, Wednesday have at least six senior strikers under contract beyond the current campaign (which will become seven if Gary Hooper signs an extension).
But with Newsome anticipating a busy summer in Sheffield 6, Rhodes could soon shoot back up the Owls’ pecking order.
Maybe he’ll come back to the football club with a different viewpoint and a spring in his step. And it’s like a fresh start for him,” the former Wednesday and Norwich defender told Sheffield Live TV.
“I felt a bit sorry for him when he first came to Sheffield Wednesday. I thought we played in a manner that wouldn’t have helped any striker. We were constantly keeping possession of the ball in our own half. Centre-halves and midfielders and ‘keeper. We never got in behind teams, we never put quality crosses into the box. When we did we’d probably cross them from deep. You’re not playing into a striker’s, poacher’s hands there, are you?”