Lambert explains what he'll do with Rhodes money, says Blackburn stronger without him

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Blackburn Rovers sold talismanic striker Jordan Rhodes to Middlesbrough in January, but manager Paul Lambert believes they are now a stronger team.

Paul Lambert believes Blackburn Rovers are stronger without Jordan Rhodes, who returns to Ewood Park for the first time with Middlesbrough on Tuesday,

Blackburn raked in £11m for the 26-year-old, according to the Daily Mail, after he'd scored 84 goals in 169 appearances in Lancashire.

With Rhodes gone, Lambert was able to add Tony Watt, Jordi Gomez and Matt Grimes to his squad on loan deals, while Danny Graham, Eliott Ward, Simeon Jackson and Elliott Bennett all arrived permanently earlier in the window.

And the Scot insists the rebuilding process is far from over.

"I think we’ve got more attacking options," Lambert said, as quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph.

"I always said we had to rebuild the club.

"What will happen with the money for Jordan will happen in the summer, but the squad needed to be stronger.

"That’s not a slant on Jordan but it made good sense that that deal went through. We’re a stronger unit now.

"We’re a lot healthier than we were when I first came in. I think we’re more of a team, I think we’ve got players than can make a difference and can score.

"We’re still a long way off from where we want to be but we’re certainly a lot healthier."

Rhodes has scored 11 goals in the Championship this season, but only one of those has come since his move to Boro.

However, only two of the Scotland's five appearances have come from the start, with manager Aitor Karanka appearing to favour David Nugent away from home of late.

A point for the Teesiders at Ewood Park will take them to the top of the table, with two games in hand over current leaders Burnley.

Blackburn, meanwhile, are 18th in the standings, following Saturday's 3-2 win against MK Dons, but will climb two places with a win.

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