‘Not acceptable’ – Sheffield Wednesday legend unhappy with Jordan Rhodes’ Hillsborough spell
Carlton Palmer is not one to hold back, and he says that Jordan Rhodes’ goal return at Sheffield Wednesday was simply ‘not acceptable’.
Palmer, who played alongside one of the Owls’ best goalscorers of all time in David Hirst, didn’t hold back when asked about the 31-year-old forward following his Wednesday exit, but did admit that he could get back to form at his old stomping ground.
Rhodes re-joined his former club, Huddersfield Town, as a free agent on the back of his Wednesday release, and Palmer thinks that possibly the big price tag on his head when he joined the Owls from Middlesbrough played a role in his disappointing period in Sheffield.
He told Football League World, “Somebody made a comment the other day about him being a nice lad and giving 100%. If you’re on the money he is on, I’d think would have thought that was a prerequisite.
“I’ve done some research on him, the last time he had a decent goal tally was 2015/16. He hasn’t scored more than seven goals (in a season) since then.”
“He had a good goal tally previously at Huddersfield and he has scored a lot of goals in the Championship like at Blackburn.
“Sometimes players go to a club and there’s an expectation for them to deliver because they’ve gone for a big price tag and bring in a big salary. Some players just can’t do that.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go back and score a hatful of goals for Huddersfield. He’s gone back without a big price tag, they love him there and there’s no pressure.
“When you go to a big club and you’ve got the expectations on your shoulders and you go for a peak price tag, you’ve got to deliver. He’s not delivered more than seven goals in a season, it’s not acceptable.”
As things stand, Josh Windass and Barry Bannan (both 13 goals) are the club’s top scorers following the exit of the likes of Rhodes and Adam Reach, and no doubt signing a proven goalscorer for League One will be near the top of Darren Moore’s list of priorities going into a tough League One campaign.