Speculation grows on the message boards that Fulham are signing (or even, have already signed) Huddersfields “36 goal hitman” Jordan Rhodes. I was excited at the idea – anyone who can score 36 times must know where the goal is, right?
Maybe. Here are the last 11 people to score 30 in a season in Leagues One and Two.
1987 Steve Bull Wolves 37
1991 Joe Allon Hartlepool 35
1991 Steve Norris Halifax Town 35
1993 Bob Taylor WBA 30
1994 Jimmy Quinn Reading 35
1997 Graeme Jones Wigan 31
2003 Rob Earnshaw Cardiff 31
2003 Andy Morrell Wrexham 34 (part of a seasonal sequence that went: 1,3,2,34,9,6)
2007 Billy Sharp Scunthorpe 30
2010 Rickie Lambert Southampton 30
2010 Lee Hughes Notts Co 30
There are some handy enough players in there, right? But it’s also quite telling that at no point has anyone gone bananas in the lower leagues then become a good Premier League player. Steve Bull might have done I suppose but that was a long time ago. Sharp and Lambert will get their chance to test all this next year with Saints. Otherwise you can’t stop seeing those two dangerous words: ROBERT EARNSHAW.
Otherwise it should be noted that one R Zamora scored 28 in successive seasons for Brighton.
So I don’t know. A few years ago this might have seemed like an interesting punt but I imagine Martin Jol will be scouring the low countries for someone altogether more suitable. Rhodes might very well be the second coming of Gary Lineker – he can only do what he’s done, after all – it’s just that nobody’s really taken the lower league goal hero route to the top for a very, very long time. Is he the exception to the rule? You’d assume not.