Inventing transfer rumours might just be the next way of winning games


When a striker can’t score, that’s like having a bucket with a hole or trying to push wet spaghetti up a hill; futile and pointless in the extreme. A striker that doesn’t score has usually been either: a.) taken to one side and given a boost in confidence with a ‘word from the management’ or b.) given a new training regime in the hope that goals flow from training pitch to match day.

However, it seems that the latest ‘trick in the book’ that works may well be the old ‘transfer rumour and is he/isn’t he routine’. It certainly worked in the case of Blackburn’s Jordan Rhodes. Rhodes, who was last season’s Championship Silver Boot, behind Ross McCormack, was suffering that old chestnut ‘loss of form in front of goal’ and was relegated to a bench place in recent games. This led to rumours surfacing up on Teeside that Middlesbrough were interested in taking the prolific Scot on loan for the rest of the season. This led in turn to a vehement denial from Blackburn’s manager Gary Bowyer and three subsequent goals from Jordan Rhodes in the two games since.

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Norwich are also interested in Leeds’ Mirco Antenucci – watch this space.

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