FORMER England striker Dion Dublin has played with and against some of the best finishers in the business, but even he admits he’s been blown away by the returns of Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes.
The 22-year-old has racked up 85 goals at a rate of more than one every other game in his three seasons at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Despite that strike-rate, Stuart Pearce opted to take Bolton new boy Marvin Sordell – who scored just 10 goals for Watford last season – in his Team GB squad for the Olympics, a decision that left Dublin dumbfounded.
And while Rhodes probably won’t be short of other offers this summer – Blackburn Rovers seem the most eager to be linked with the Scottish international who could win his second cap against Australia on Wednesday – Dublin feels Rhodes can continue to improve under Simon Grayson.
"I think it’s been a bit of a coup to keep Jordan Rhodes. If he starts where he left off last season then he could be on 15-20 goals by Christmas – he’s on fire," said Capital One Cup ambassador Dublin.
"I was really surprised he didn’t make it on to Team GB, and by all accounts he’s got the right attitude and works hard; that’s key if he’s going to do well.
"I know Simon Grayson quite well, he’s a good man and I think he can do a good job up at Huddersfield this season.