Why Aston Villa will be making a big mistake signing this reported £35k-a-week PL striker
COMMENT by Amir Mir
Aston Villa will be making a huge mistake if they sign reported January transfer target Jordan Rhodes.
The Mirror claimed that Patrick Bamford’s move to Middlesbrough could free up Rhodes’ departure from the Riverside Stadium to Villa Park.
However, the club should reconsider as adding the Boro man to their attacking ranks will only add more problems to this Villa front line.
Without star man Jonathan Kodjia, Villa are static and lack movement up front as proven by the performances of Gabby Agbonlahor and Ross McCormack in recent weeks.
Rhodes will only add to that because he is a very similar player to summer signing McCormack, who has struggled to adapt to his new surroundings.
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Rhodes’ Championship record of 91 goals in 189 games is irrelevant – McCormack had a similar record to his fellow Scotsman.
McCormack has since gone on to score just three goals this season. He has to take part of the blame for that himself, but it’s also down to the lack of creativity in the side.
That will not change if Rhodes arrives at Villa Park – there will still be no creative talent in the middle of the park to provide that much-needed service to the forward men.
Instead of Rhodes, manager Steve Bruce should target a player who can beat defenders and is able to open the game up.
According to the Telegraph, Rhodes earns around £35,000-a-week at his current club.
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