Over the course of the last four seasons, one striker has scored far more prolifically in English football than any other.
All Rhodes lead to goal
From August 2012 until the present day, Jordan Rhodes has established himself as the leading goal-scorer in the top four divisions of English football by scoring 91 goals in 179 league games.
The Middlesbrough striker’s career statistics are equally impressive with the 26-year-old averaging a goal every 1.94 league games, as he has scored 172 times in 334 appearances.
After beginning his career with Ipswich Town before moving to Huddersfield Town in 2009. Rhodes played a key role in the Yorkshire club’s promotion to the Championship in 2012, when he broke the club’s record for most league goals scored in a season during the 2011-2012 campaign by finding the net 36 times, with six hat-tricks being included in that total.
At the start of the following season, Rhodes joined Blackburn for £8m which equalled the record transfer fee paid by the club, as they previously spent the same amount to sign Andy Cole from Manchester United in 2001.
In each of his full three seasons with Blackburn, Rhodes scored more than 20 Championship goals, whilst being continuously linked with a move to the Premier League. That however did not materialise, as the Scottish internationalist moving to Middlesbrough in January for an initial fee of £9m.
Subsequently Rhodes helped his new club win promotion to the Premier league as he scored some vital goals towards the end of last season, including a late double against Bolton in mid-April, which gave Middlesbrough a crucial 2-1 win and kept their promotion challenge on course.
Therefore following eight seasons of scoring prolifically in the football league, his first being in 2009-2010 with Huddersfield when he scored 19 times in 45 League 1 appearances, Rhodes is now braced to play in the Premier League for the first time.
Rhodes ready for the Premier League
Ultimately during the forthcoming season, Rhodes is likely to be presented with far fewer opportunities to score than he was in the football league, whilst he will be required to adjust to the greater demands of the Premier League and playing against stronger defences.
Nevertheless given his excellent movement, razor sharp predatory instincts in front of goal, indefatigable work rate and wonderful ability to bring team mates into play by holding the ball up brilliantly well, Rhodes undoubtedly possesses all of the qualities required to score regularly in the Premier League.
Doing so will without question prove to be a real challenge for the striker, who has never previously scored in the few games he has played against Premier League opposition, with each of those coming in cup competitions during his time at Huddersfield and Blackburn.
Challenging Rhodes ahead
However taking into account all of Rhodes’ superb striking credentials, it is rational to deduce that he can defy his limited experience of playing against Premier League teams, so as to play a key role in Middlesbrough’s effort to enjoy a successful return to England’s top flight after a seven year absence.
Rhodes faces tough competition to hold down a regular starting place in Middlesbrough’s line-up, since manager Aitor Karanka has another three quality strikers to choose from in the form of Cristhian Stuani, David Nugent and Viktor Fischer.
Whilst that presents a major test in itself, it is one Rhodes is undoubtedly equipped to pass. That is particularly the case given that the prolific striker is able to continuously improve his all round game, which still has scope for development, with the Premier League being the ideal environment for Rhodes to become an ever better striker than he already.