Sheffield Wednesday: The stats tell a sorry tale of Jordan Rhodes' time at Hillsborough

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An £8 million fee, 55 appearances, 10 goals.

Jordan Rhodes left Hillsborough today having never shown the form or delivered the stats which once made him the most expensive signing outside of the Premier League in English football history.

The 28-year-old striker joined Sheffield Wednesday's Championship rivals, Norwich City, on a season-long loan deal.

The fact the Owls are prepared to let go a man who is their record signing says everything about his lack of impact since his arrival from Middlesbrough, initially on loan and then on a pre-agreed permanent transfer, in February 2017.

Rhodes, who has a contract until 2020, has been a shadow of the feared centre-forward who scored 172 goals in 317 appearances in spells with Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers.

For nearly seven years, he scored at the the rate of more than a goal every two games.

After leaving Ipswich Town in 2009, the Oldham-born frontman made his breakthrough at Huddersfield, hitting 87 goals in 148 games during three League One seasons with the Terriers.

His exploits earned him a 2012 switch to Blackburn Rovers, a second-tier club at the time, with the £8m price tag setting a new high for a player not in the top flight. Three and half seasons brought 85 goals in 169 outings.

Wednesday paid a similar fee to land the Scottish international after an 18-month stint at Middlesbrough, but have never received a proper return on one of their highest earners.

He scored three goals in 20 appearances from February to May in 2017, then managed seven in 35 matches last season.

The warning signs had come at Boro, where Rhodes' strike ratio dropped alarmingly. After moving to the Riverside for £9m, he was on target six times in 24 appearances.

Sadly for the Owls, he brought his Boro figures to S6, not his Huddersfield and Rovers ones.

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