All be it only on loan, it is with upmost regret to see a player of Jordan Rhodes ability depart, knowing he has the potential to score twenty plus goals in a season, just not with Wednesday, it seems.
Rhodes simply became surplus to requirements in a squad with numerous attacking options, having underachieved by his standards for over a year.
Call it bad luck, lack of confidence or a shortfall of creativity for him to endeavour, Rhodes will always be judged by his goals per game ratio.
Ten goals in fifty-five appearances is obviously not sufficient enough to maintain his stay with the Owls, especially when offloading Rhodes for a season will benefit Wednesday’s financial fair play restrictions.
As for now, the exit of Rhodes is a good move by Chansiri and Luhukay, particularly with Forestieri, Hooper, Fletcher, Joao, Nuhiu and quite possibly Winnall at some stage all in contention for the eighteen man match-day squad.
I can’t deny I didn’t care about the outcome of his short-term career initially. Yes, I wanted him to sign a new deal, yes, I wanted him to gain first-team experience with the Owls and yes, I wanted Sheffield Wednesday to receive a significant transfer fee for Hirst as his departure became inevitable. Now, I’m past caring.
With Hirst gone, attentions have turned to Jordan Thorniley, Connor Kirby, Ashley Baker, Jack Stobbs, Frederick Nielsen and Preslav Borokov, who I all hold in high regard and have bright futures ahead of them.
I thought Chansiri dealt impeccably with the Hirst situation, no player is bigger than the club.
We move on.