Proper treatment of players is often a talking point during transfer windows. With teams wheeling and dealing, often up to the last minute, players can often be left in the dark about where their final destination will be.
Championship side Middlesbrough is suddenly under fire in the player treatment department.
According to multiple reports across England, first from The Telegraph’s John Percy, Middlesbrough was on the verge of completing the purchase of Blackburn strike Jordan Rhodes until they decided to call off the deal at the last second. This comes days after their reported attempts to secure Fulham frontman Ross McCormack that didn’t come to fruition either.
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Percy writes that Rhodes had met with the club on Saturday, but that Sunday morning Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson “had a dramatic change of heart.” The cancelled deal left the 25-year-old “baffled and disappointed” according to the Daily Mail, and puts him in a very awkward situation back at Blackburn.
Middlesbrough released a statement immediately following the reports that simply stated they had “held talks with Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes over the weekend but have failed to agree terms,” which was the same ending the McCormack deal came to.
With one of the best defensive records in the Championship over the last two years – just 14 goals allowed this season – Middlesbrough sits in a promotion position at the moment, but has been looking to bolster its goalscoring abilities for the last few weeks. It seems they can make up their minds about who to acquire, because hanging both McCormack and Rhodes out to dry isn’t exactly a good look. It’s possible agents or team valuation had a something to do with both deals falling apart, but having advanced so far in talks twice only for both to fail appears to cast the club in poor light.
They could now go back to McCormack, except that oops, he’s probably staying at Fulham.