Sheffield Wednesday: Where Owls will go after Jordan Rhodes' departure

Jordan Rhodes completed his season long-loan move to Norwich City yesterday.
Jordan Rhodes completed his season long-loan move to Norwich City yesterday.
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Jordan Rhodes will be playing his football at Carrow Road next campaign.

The experienced striker joined Wednesday’s Championship rivals Norwich City on a season-long loan yesterday.

Jack Hunt left Wednesday last week.

Jack Hunt left Wednesday last week.

“The move took its time in the end but now that it’s finally happened, it’s a real pleasure to be here,” said Rhodes.

With the deal having finally been signed and sealed, some questions need an answer.

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Why did Owls not work out for Rhodes?

Rhodes featured in Norwich's first pre-season friendly on Tuesday.

Rhodes featured in Norwich's first pre-season friendly on Tuesday.

Although Wednesday forked out a club-record £8m to buy Rhodes from Middlesbrough, he found first-team opportunities limited under both Carlos Carvalhal and Jos Luhukay. It is true the Owls boast a formidable array of attacking options but Rhodes was never the main man.

And when Rhodes was given the opportunity to lead the line, he failed to shine. His performances were erratic and 10 goals in 55 matches for someone with his ability tells its own sorry tale. His record this calendar year reads one goal in 12 outings.

Did Wednesday get a good deal for him?

Yes. Norwich are understood to have paid a £1m loan fee for the 28-year-old and agreed to pay his wages in full.

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Was it important to get Rhodes off the wage bill?

It is huge and arguably the most piece of business the Owls will do this summer.

When Wednesday signed Rhodes, it was at a time when they were battling to secure a lucrative spot in the Premier League.

But having missed out on the top-flight jackpot, the Owls must balance the books to ensure they continue to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. Getting Rhodes, who earns in excess of £30,000 a week, off their payroll significantly helps with the balance sheet.

Will there be more departures?

Quite possibly. Four senior players have departed over the last two months. Ross Wallace and Glenn Loovens were released at the end of last season, Jack Hunt left for Bristol City in a £1.6m deal and Norwich added Rhodes to their ranks yesterday.

But despite the cost-cutting measures the Owls have taken since the end of the 2017/18 campaign, it is understood there is still plenty of work to be done in their battle to remain within the FFP guidelines.

Will they add to the squad?

Hunt and Rhodes’ departures may give manager Jos Luhukay some room to manoeuvre in the transfer market.

“We have our eyes open if something can be done,” said Luhukay, who is keen on bringing in a new centre-half. But the Dutchman has previously stated that they would have to be “creative” with their summer recruitment drive. It could well be Wednesday focus their energy on the loan and free transfer markets.

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