Neil Critchley states the entire Blackpool squad can learn a lot from watching ex-Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers striker closely
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The 33-year-old, who is currently on loan from Huddersfield Town, reacted quickly to get his head on a deflected free kick from Albie Morgan, with the Robins goalkeeper left wrong footed by the effort.
Seasiders boss Neil Critchley believes there’s plenty his side can learn from Rhodes following his impressive start to life in Tangerine.
“His brain is two steps beyond anyone else,” he said.
“He’s scoring in every game, and has an unbelievable record.
“He’s enjoying himself at the moment- I don’t think he’s played as much football for a long time.
“He’s so professional and looks after his body really well.
“The goal against Cheltenham just shows you his intelligence.
“He’s anticipating all of the time and is always thinking about the goal. He’s always on the half turn and his body is always facing the goal.
“Our other players and strikers need to learn from him and watch him.
“I’ll be sitting down and showing them what he does.
“Our players need to follow him.
“If you watch it back, he puts himself in an onside position, knowing as Albie (Morgan) kicks it, he’s going to move through the line.
“We’ve seen it already, he guides it in.
“He knows how to get the exact amount of power and direction on the ball to divert it past the keeper- it was a fantastic finish.”
Blackpool are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they welcome Peterborough United to Bloomfield Road.