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Thursday 6th September 2012 21:26

Rhodes: hefty price tag

Rhodes: hefty price tag

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Blackburn Rovers FanZoner Simon Harrison ponders if Jordan Rhodes will be the key to promotion.

All Rhodes lead to the Premier League?

Following a traumatic 3-3 draw away to Leeds, many Rovers fans are questioning what will occur during this season's Championship campaign.

Six points were achieved from the first two home games, albeit with questionable performances, with two draws away from home - a reasonable return you would think would be regarded as promising.

If you had offered me a point from playing Leeds at Elland Road before the game began, I would have grabbed your hand off, however after letting a two goal lead slip, the solitary point tastes somewhat bitter. Despite dominating for the first half an hour of the game, Rovers were responsible for their own demise after woeful defending allowed former player El-Hadji Diouf to poke the ball home.

Momentum shifted, allowing Leeds to gain the lead - although I am left wondering as to why the clear shove on Gael Givet in the build-up to Ross McCormack's equaliser went completely unnoticed.

The main focus before and during the match however, seemed to have shifted to Jordan Rhodes. Joining Rovers in a fee which could potentially break the £10m mark, a lot is expected of the Scotland international. Whenever his predicted goals don't come however, the evergreen Nuno Gomes will be on hand to steer the ball home - I hope.

rewards

Thrown in at the deep end for his debut merely a day after signing for the club, Rhodes performed admirably and linked up quite well with a team he was not too familiar with. I do believe the goals will come for him and if we reach promotion at the first time of asking, £6-8m will be a small fraction of the rewards we will reap. Although, I'm sure there were plenty of spectators expecting him to fire home a hat-trick on his debut, which I suppose is something which comes with a large price tag.

Following the deadline day signings of Grzegorz Sandomierski, Nuno Henrique and Diego Rosado, there is plenty of depth in a squad which on paper should be enough to secure a play-off place at the absolute minimum.

However, the decision for Steve Kean to admit he's yet to have seen the players in action is worrying. I can only speculate that the Rovers boss may just be getting his excuses in early, in case the new additions to the Portuguese contingent (and new Polish contingent) turn out to be disappointments.

Are Rovers on the road to the Premier League once more? I'm not convinced, but as we've managed to pick up eight points in the opening four games without playing particularly well, anything seems possible.

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