It was a great piece of business by Huddersfield Town to have a sell-on benefit from the Jordan Rhodes transfer.

Not only did the club get the benefit of his goals while he was with them, but the £8m fee to Blackburn Rovers has now been added to with his move to Middlesbrough.

He does look like the right player to take Middlesbrough up, so I expect him to be playing in the Premier League next season.

And that brings me to the most asked question since deadline day: Why didn’t one of the Premier League clubs battling for survival take a punt on Rhodes?

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He has been the best goalscorer in the Skybet League for quite a few years now and every top club in the country has watched him and taken note.

There is no doubt he is consistently the best finisher in British football, so people are right to be intrigued why a top-flight club haven’t made a move.

From my personal experience, I can offer two possible reasons – the top-flight clubs feel he lacks some pace and some mobility.

Every modern top team looks for a forward who can work the channels and move centre-backs around – someone with athleticism oozing out of every pore.

If you could afford to leave Rhodes in and around the box then everything suggests he would get you goals, but the Premier League simply isn’t like that.

Look how Rudy Gestede has struggled at Aston Villa this year. Although he has barely had any service, people need to offer more these days than just aerial threat.

The perfect example of what I mean comes from another man who has worn Town’s blue and white stripes – Benik Afobe.

He has gone to Bournemouth for £10m, yet he has nowhere near the goalscoring record of Jordan Rhodes.

What he does have is athleticism to hurt and punish opposition defences.

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Throughout my own career, I had very little pace and not much mobility, so I can feel for Rhodes, because those can be the only possible reasons why the big top-flight move hasn’t come.

I think it was Mick Buxton, or it may have been John Haselden, who described me as “honest but no pace”.

I still don’t know if that was a compliment or an insult!

Why I think Boro have made exactly the right signing is because they are very solid defensively as a team.

They’ve conceded only 14 goals in 27 Championship matches so far, so if you add Jordan Rhodes’ strike rate to that equation, they are going up.