Norwich City warned that Jordan Rhodes will be ‘unstoppable’ once he finds his form for Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday skipper Glenn Loovens has warned Norwich City to be wary of potentially ‘unstoppable’ striker Jordan Rhodes at Hillsborough tomorrow.
The Ipswich Town academy graduate joined on loan from Middlesbrough on the final day of the January transfer window, with a view to a £9million permanent move in the summer.
The former Blackburn and Huddersfield striker, who has 186 career goals on his CV, has only managed to score once in his first six games in an Owls shirt though.
That included having a penalty saved by former Norwich keeper Robert Green during last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Leeds but Loovens is confident the 27-year-old will find his form.
“Once he gets going for us I think he will be unstoppable,” the 33-year-old Dutchman said. “I have seen him do that time and time again.
“Of course we need to give him a better service for him to do his part. I am sure him, of all people, will have been gutted at missing the penalty at Leeds.
“But we do everything as a team. We defend as a team, make mistakes as a team, go forward as a team.”
The centre-back admits the Owls have had to deal with a different type of pressure this season, as the funds brought into the club by Thai owner Dejphon Chansiri in recent years have provided a squad capable of promotion.
Last season finished in sixth place and a play-off place but finished in Wembley defeat to Hull, which leaves Wednesday well placed to deal with currently being sixth, with Norwich looking to close the six-point gap to them in eighth.
“Last year, nobody expected anything from us, we were a bit more free-flowing, but teams come here now with a game-plan,” Loovens continued, speaking to the Sheffield Star. “It’s harder to break teams down.
“Every year the level of the Championship goes up, it’s harder in this league to win games (than last year). But we have more home games coming up now and that should give us an advantage.”
Carlos Carvalhal’s team are looking to bounce back from narrow defeats to Bristol City and Leeds which brought an end to a four-game winning streak.
They then host lowly Burton Albion on Tuesday night and Loovens is relishing having two home games in quick succession.
“The bigger the game, the bigger occasion, the better I feel,” he said. “It’s what you want, to play in big games and compete for things.
“It can only be a good thing, the more people in the stadium, the expectations, the more you can prove yourself to everyone else. I think you should only relish these moments.”