‘It’s a great bunch of lads’ – Rhodes happy to play his part in united Canaries squad
PUBLISHED: 06:30 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55 27 September 2018
Jordan Rhodes was delighted to push his claim for a Norwich City starting spot with a hat-trick – but will continue to do all he can to help Teemu Pukki maintain his superb form as well.
City boss Daniel Farke has two strikers in fine form and seemingly as happy as the other to be contributing goals for the team, playing a key part in the team’s four-game winning streak.
Pukki has scored in his last three games for the Canaries – five when including Finland duty – and Rhodes got in on the act with a treble during a 4-3 win at Wycombe to earn a place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
“Teemu was one of the first to give me a great big hug and say well done,” the Scotland international striker said of his hat-trick.
“That’s not just me and Teemu’s relationship, we are good friends, but it’s the same with Dennis (Srbeny), the same with Stiepy (Marco Stiepermann), the same with everyone.
“It’s one of the best changing rooms I’ve been in in football, it’s a great bunch of lads and you can see that on the pitch, we’re all ready to run that extra yard for one another – and long may that continue.”
The treble was Rhodes’ first since March 2014, scored for Blackburn against former club Huddersfield in a Championship game, and took his City tally to five for the season.
The Sheffield Wednesday loanee has had to play second fiddle to Pukki in recent weeks but has been praised for his positive attitude during his substitute appearances as Farke’s team have gone six games unbeaten.
“I’m really happy to be here and willing to try as hard as I can and work for whatever the team needs,” Rhodes added. “The team has been doing really well this last week and whatever the manager, the staff, the players call upon each individual, we’re just happy to work as hard as we can for each other.
“It’s a really good team spirit and we’re all cheering each other on, whether we’ve got that starting shirt or whichever, it’s a real team effort. Not everyone can play, everyone understands that, but those of us who haven’t played a little bit hopefully managed to stake a claim and show we’re still in the manager’s thoughts – and that’s all we can do at this stage of the season.”