By Amir Mir
Aston Villa could secure a deal with Middlesbrough for striker Jordan Rhodes – and fans on Twitter have been underwhelmed by the news.
The Monday edition of the Mirror transfer section claims that Patrick Bamford’s move to the north east can free up Rhodes’ departure from the Riverside Stadium to Villa Park.
It is said the arrival of Bamford from Chelsea will push the 26-year-old Scotsman down the pecking order at the Premier League club and Villa are hoping to profit from that.
Supporters on social media believe Rhodes will not be suited to Villa’s style of play as they don’t have the creative players to make the chances for the striker.
One fan stated that signing the former Championship player will not be a top purchase as Steve Bruce’s side aim to move up the table.
While another supporter likened the former Blackburn Rovers player to current Villa attacker Ross McCormack who has scored only three goals this term.
Fans believe Rhodes lacks pace and adding him to a Villa side lacking speed will not help their cause.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Genuinely underwhelmed if we do end up signing Rhodes #AVFC
— Alex Othon (@lovespud83) January 16, 2017
I can see it now:#avfc sign Rhodes, we don't supply him, doesn't score for 3 games, he's the new Westwood ????????
— Dips (@Dips_avfc) January 16, 2017
#AVFC not saying Rhodes wouldn't be a top signing but he won't score goals in this team at the min! gotta create something first
— Dean Flynn (@DeanFlynn85) January 16, 2017
Rhodes is more mobile than Ross… think Bruce honestly believed he could reignite both Ross & Gabby, experiment over. #avfc
— Rob Jones (@UpTheAstonVilla) January 16, 2017
— Phil Kimberley (@philkimbo) January 16, 2017
Rhodes is not that different to Ross, so we should look to sell him first. Not sure i want Rhodes though #avfc
— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) January 16, 2017
— George (@george_avfc99) January 15, 2017
If we Sign Jordan Rhodes it will be like buying a car with no wheels #avfc
— Nigel Moore ⚽️ (@Moorski7) January 15, 2017
Bruce’s side have lost their last three matches and have failed to score a goal since the turn of the year.
One of the reasons behind that is the absence of star striker Jonathan Kodjia who is currently competing at the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast.
The Midlands side have already sold target-man Rudy Gestede to Boro this month following the transfers of Adama Traore and Brad Guzan last summer.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, this row could help the club strike the all-important playmaker deal.