Sheffield Wednesday: Owls aim to keep Rovers dangerman quiet

Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes

If Sheffield Wednesday are to prevail at Ewood Park for the second year in a row, it is critical the Owls cut off the supply line to goal machine Jordan Rhodes.

Scotland international Rhodes, the son of Wednesday goalkeeping coach Andy, has registered 43 goals in 74 league appearances in Rovers’ backyard.

The Owls are one of Jordan’s favourite opponents. The former Huddersfield Town striker has netted seven times against Wednesday, including four in the Terriers thrilling draw at Hillsborough nearly four years ago.

Boss Carlos Carvalhal is refusing to underestimate the threat Jordan will pose, claiming: “He is a good striker and an important player for them. We have analysed how he moves and I think we are ready for how Blackburn play.

“We are not preparing just for one player. We are prepared to play against a team who have a new coach and won their last game.

“We will dance in a different environment so we must put our work clothes on!

“We must play with 11 gladiators. We have dangerous, strong players that can create damage to Blackburn. We will not go to Blackburn to defend.”

Since Dejphon Chansiri purchased Wednesday last March, Wednesday have constantly been linked with a move for Jordan.

When asked if the Owls have ever expressed an interest in the 25-year-old, Carvalhal replied: “No, it doesn’t make any sense in my opinion. I read about talk of £14m for some offers but we not in this kind of Championship.

“We have never talked about it and probably never will as he’s not a target.”

Carvalhal insists he is happy with the striking options at his disposal, describing Lucas Joao as “fantastic” and Fernando Forestieri as “one of the best strikers” in the division. The Portuguese also feels Gary Hooper is improving on a daily basis and that Atdhe Nuhiu is a handful at this level.