Rhodes' actions have angered some section of the Sheffield Wednesday support.
Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes
It was Fernando Forestieri's miss that ultimately denied the Owls a place in the Championship play-off final, after the two teams ended the 120 minutes level at 1-1.
Sheffield Wednesday striker Fernando Forestieri
However, it is Rhodes who has borne the brunt of the fans' frustrations, after head coach Carlos Carvalhal confirmed the Scot was not among his first five volunteers.
Wednesday could end up paying around £10 million for the on-loan Middlesbrough player, whose deal becomes permanent this summer, and he is thought to be among the club's highest earners - which appears to have formed the the basis of many of his critics' arguments.
However, according to Newsome, who had two spells at Hillsborough as a player, Rhodes was actually doing the team a favour by not putting himself forward.
He posted on Twitter:
All this criticism aimed at Rhodes for not taking a penalty, uncalled for and nonsense....if not confident don't do it-put the team first!!— Jon Newsome (@jon_newsome) 18 May 2017
Rhodes, who was playing against his former club, has not scored a penalty since late 2015 for Blackburn Rovers, with his only one in Wednesday colours being saved by Leeds United goalkeeper Robert Green.
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