Rhodes willing to keep playing Norwich bit part
Striker Jordan Rhodes is in no rush to return to parent club Sheffield Wednesday after the appointment of Steve Bruce as manager raised the possibility of a recall from his season-long loan at Norwich.
Rhodes, a £10 million signing from Middlesbrough by former manager Carlos Carvalhal, joined Championship rivals Norwich in July and, though he has started fewer than half their games, he has
added six goals to his impressive career tally. These include two crucial interventions from the bench – a 90th-minute goal against Millwall in November and Saturday’s 83rdminute equaliser.
Despite being named only on the bench 16 times by manager Daniel Farke, he is keen to remain part of the promotion push. “Every footballer would like to be playing week in, week out but the team has been doing really well and whether I’m on the pitch at the start or at the end, I’m just happy to do whatever I can to help Norwich City,” Rhodes said.
“From my point of view, the idea was that I would be here for the season,
that I should get the family down, get settled and chuck myself into life in Norfolk, and I’m loving every minute of it. It could be a special few months ahead. The manager has built a really good dressing room full of really good characters and we’ve to be where we are, so why not continue it?”
Rhodes’s goal, the 186th of his league career, was not enough to keep Norwich in the top two but it did extend their unbeaten away run to 12 matches.
Set up by fellow substitute Kenny Mclean’s cross, it was an almost identical goal to the Dwight Gayle effort that had put fourth-placed Albion ahead, a near-post finish that thrilled right-back Mason Holgate, who supplied the pass on his Championship debut for the club on loan from Everton. “The boss wants me to get forward and develop my attacking skills and it’s great to know that if I can get the delivery right then Dwight or Jay [Rodriguez] or Hal [Robson-kanu] will get on the end of it,” he said. West Bromwich Albion
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