SCOTLAND international Jordan Rhodes is staying put at Huddersfield Town – and chairman Dean Hoyle today explained why.
The 21-year-old has 19 goals in 20 appearances for the club this season and 25 strikes in all when you include his six for the Scotland Under 21 side.
Rhodes’ exploits have made him the talk of the Football League ahead of the January transfer window and he will be aiming to stay hot on the goal trail when League I basement side Chesterfield visit the Galpharm on Boxing Day.
“We have no intention of selling and we are not going to,” said Hoyle, who says the club are braced for another round of speculation over the striker’s future.
“We could sell Jordan, but where’s that going to get us?
“If we let him go we would have to find another striker in his place and, let’s be fair, we won’t find one as good as him to come to Huddersfield Town – so straight away our chances of promotion would be decreased.
“This club needs to get promotion to be more self-sustaining, so selling Jordan would be short-term gain for long-term pain.
“We need Jordan Rhodes and all our other very good players to win us promotion.”
The boardroom chief added: “Whether Jordan is in League II, League I, the Championship or the Premier League he will score goals, because nearly every chance he gets he finishes.
“He will put the ball in the back of the net and, that being the case, if we get up into the Championship he will be worth even more money.
“So what I’m saying is it doesn’t make any sense – both from a football point of view and economically – to sell one of our very best players in Jordan Rhodes at this point.
“It’s not going to happen regardless of how much money came along because, without being cocky or arrogant about it, he is not going to lose value.”
Hoyle confirmed Rhodes is happy to stay in blue and white stripes and help fire the club towards their promotion dream.
“That’s the most important thing in all of this,” he added.
“I sat down with Jordan and he made it clear to me he wants to see the job through here.
“He is only 21, and we are all fortunate he has got a very good agent who doesn’t just think about the player but about everything around him.
“His agent will give him very good advice and everyone in football knows Huddersfield Town are a good club who do things the right way. A move at this time wouldn’t be right for all parties concerned.”