He is Huddersfield Town’s main man, the Terriers’ biggest goal threat who recently notched his 50th goal for the club. Now Jordan Rhodes has announced himself on the international stage with his first goals for the Scotland Under 21’s.. He has now played five times for the U21’s with five goals to his name. All five strikes have come in his last two appearances – a hat-trick in a 5-1 win in Luxembourg and both goals in a 2-2 draw with Austria.
It’s a cracking return for the 21-year-old Oldham born striker and he must now be on the verge of a call up to the full national team. In fact there is a train of thought that if the U21 games had been last week, he could easily have been on the plane to Spain with the senior Scottish team.
It is reward for a superb career at Huddersfield during which time he has scored 51 times in just over two seasons. Lee Clark had chased Rhodes, then at Ipswich Town, throughout summer 2009 before finally persuading Roy Keane to part with the player for the now obligatory “undisclosed fee” and what a signing he has been for the club. With an almost one-in-two strike rate, he is easily the most prolific striker at the club, and one of the most prolific in the Football League.
This season he has scored six times in ten appearances but funnily enough all of them have been braces, against Colchester United and Brentford in League One – plus a double against Cardiff City in the Carling Cup. Rhodes’ first against Brentford was his fiftieth for the club, and came against a team he had a loan spell at from Ipswich in 2009. During his time at Griffin Park, he netted seven goals in fourteen games. Again, an impressive strike rate of one in two.
He is certainly destined to play at a much higher level, and whether that is with Huddersfield Town remains to be seen. If the club don’t get promotion this season it will be extremely hard to keep hold of him and even if they go up, Lee Clark is sure to be fending off potential suitors during the summer. He is a top-quality striker who can definitely rise up the divisions and keep banging the goals in.
As for international honours, he must be in with a great chance of a full Scotland call up sooner rather than later. The current squad has includes Craig Mackail-Smith, a striker who was capped whilst a frequent goalscorer in League One for Peterborough United. Rhodes has to fancy his chances of breaking into the squad in the next couple of years, I just hope he’s a Terrier when he does!
Written by James Bartaby, We Are Going Up’s Huddersfield Town blogger
James tweets at @jamesb5374