My favourite response to the rumour Sheffield Wednesday were ‘swooping’ to buy Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn Rovers for £12 million was “Go home Daily Star, you’re drunk.”
The hyperbole around new owners of any football club automatically seems to be that we’re willing to pay vast sums of money for players and ignore any logistics or common sense.
The media connection of putting 2 + 2 together equates to online clickbait these days. How do rumours like this start?
Well in this case it seems Jordan Rhodes was dropped to the bench for Blackburn Rovers FA Cup Quarter Final game against Liverpool and Stuart Gray had mentioned he wants a 20 goal a season striker. 2+2=A £12m target rumour.
As nice as it would be to sign the former Huddersfield Town striker (if only to stop him scoring against us), you have to ask why would Blackburn want to sell a prolific goal scorer to a Championship rival?
Rhodes hasn’t been a guaranteed starter at the Lancashire club which may lead to him feeling restless and wanting to move.
You also have to ask why Gary Bowyer isn’t selecting a prolific, potentially game changing forward.
As for The Owls in this fantasy scenario, are we going to stump up that sort of money for one player?
My guess would be that at this level we won’t.
Although Championship clubs have paid high prices for individual players, like Fulham did for Ross McCormack, it’s unlikely Wednesday will.
Get ready for more overinflated, unsubstantiated transfer rumours.
Spring is about to bloom and The Owls are growing money on trees at Hillsborough.