Scotland seem to have unearthed a new star striker in the form of Jordan Rhodes, who scored his first international goal for his country in their 3-1 win over Australia earlier this month.
Rhodes is set for a prolonged spell in the Scotland set-up as boss Craig Levein prepares his squad for a difficult World Cup qualifying campaign, and although unproven at a level higher than League One, the Huddersfield Town striker should only improve his game in the months to come.
Yet this development will only come about if he stays at Huddersfield. Manager Simon Grayson has already criticised Blackburn Rovers’ public bid for the player, Fulham and Everton also rumoured to be interested, with the online betting now suggesting a move to Ewood Park is imminent.
Rhodes should think long and hard before making a jump to the Barclays premier league however, and really should dismiss any idea of heading to Blackburn who are set for a managerial circus this year.
He should stay at Town, for the move from League One to the Premier League is huge and only very rarely do players adapt well to their new surroundings. Two examples of League One stars struggling in the top flight are former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford and ex-Town forward Jon Stead.
Beckford found his position at Everton untenable almost as soon as he joined the club, and a transfer to Championship Leicester City has hardly sparked his career back to life. This could also be said of Stead, who left Town midway through the 2003/04 season to join Blackburn is a £1m deal that didn’t work out, the forward now at Bristol City.
Rhodes, who scored 40 goals for Town last season, must be aware of how quickly these strikers’ careers dipped. Moving too early to the Premier League can be fatal to one’s ambitions, and Scotland don’t need a proven top-flight striker in their squad. He should prove his talents in the Championship first, before gambling on the big leagues.