Former Middlesbrough striker Dean Windass has his say on £9m Boro newbie Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers

The Scotland international will be hoping to score again v Leeds United tomorrow night.

Middlesbrough signalled their intent regarding a push for Championship promotion on transfer deadline day with the signature of Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn Rovers.

The Scotland international has a proven track record of scoring goals at this level and for that reason he did not come cheap.

He cost Boro a fee in the region of £9 million, according to the BBC, in a deal that finally came about after initially looking like collapsing.

One man who thinks he will be a hit at the Riverside Stadium is Dean Windass.

The retired striker spent two years on Teeside after joining from Bradford City in 2001. He was speaking to his former Boro team-mate Noel Whelan on the BBC this weekend when he mentioned the potential for Rhodes to be a hit - and a personal connection with the striker:

"He is good friends with our Josh, he was at Huddersfield with him.

"What a lovely lad he is. He is a gentleman, he's a team player.

"I've watched him a couple of times live. He is not so much a player outside the box. His movement is very good. He's not got blistering pace, he is not quick, but his movement is very good.

"They've got Nugent haven't they and they lost Bamford. I think they were going for (Ross) McCormack but he declined and they went for Jordan.

"But certainly, if he gets chances at the Riverside, they're very strong at home, then hopefully he can be the final (piece of the jigsaw) and hopefully they can get promotion."

Rhodes is already off the mark for Boro - scoring the equaliser in the recent game with Milton Keynes Dons.

Boro have been in poor form in recent weeks and are at risk of slipping off the pace in the promotion hunt.

He will be hoping to find the back of the net when Boro take on Leeds this Monday in the Championship.

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