As a Spurs fan, living in West Yorkshire isn’t easy. The only game I’ve managed to get to this season was Blackburn away, which, regardless of the 2-1 victory, wasn’t the most exciting Premier League occasion to attend.
One thing I have managed to enjoy this season, however, has been my local side Huddersfield Town’s rise to the Championship – most notably the prolific young goalscorer Jordan Rhodes.
The 22 year-old striker bagged 40 goals this season, making him the highest scoring player in England ahead of Robin van Persie. With rumours persisting that Jermain Defoe will be leaving the club, alongside Louis Saha’s imminent release, could young Rhodes be the replacement Spurs are looking for?
Huddersfield thrashed Wycombe 6-0 away from home back in January, with Jordan Rhodes finding the net five times. Attending that game were Tottenham coaches Clive Allen and Joe Jordan, who must have been impressed by Rhodes’ performance.
After Allen and Jordan were spotted at Adams Park, Harry Redknapp was asked if he’d be attempting to sign the Huddersfield striker. The Spurs boss admitted that while there was interest, Tottenham would only be signing someone in the January transfer window who could make an instant impact.
With Jermain Defoe considering his Spurs future going into Euro 2012, Spurs may be thinking they can cash in on the England international. I’m sure Jordan Rhodes wouldn’t mind having a substitute role at a top four Premier League side – and if he did manage to make an impact off the bench, who knows how far he could take his career at White Hart Lane.
Over recent years, it has been proven just how big a step up from League 1 to the Premier League really is. Jermaine Beckford is a prime example of this, hardly setting the world alight at Everton. Players usually benefit from a year or two in the Championship before making the leap to the big time, with examples including Grant Holt and Danny Graham.
But Rhodes isn’t just any goal scorer, and watching his 5-star performance at Wycombe shows this.
The Scotland international’s movement, composure and finishing is envied by players at the top level. It is true that Rhodes often goes missing in games, but with quality players around him, the Oldham-born striker could really flourish.
Amid interest from West Ham United in January, ex-Huddersfield manager Lee Clark said that £2m wouldn’t even by his leading scorer’s socks, whilst now manager Simon Grayson has claimed that clubs receive £3.5m fees for 10-goal strikers, not 40. One would think that Town chairman Dean Hoyle, who has insisted the club are not looking to sell, would only look at offers around the £8m and above mark.
So will Redknapp and Daniel Levy pursue the Huddersfield striker? Or would the 22 year-old benefit from staying at his current club? Mainly, is Jordan Rhodes good enough for Tottenham Hotspur?