Rhodes has had to sit on the substitutes’ bench recently, with Jos Luhukay leaving the striker out.
However, Rhodes came back in for Wednesday last night, and he impressed as the Owls picked up a 2-0 win over Derby County.
The striker may not have gone on the scoresheet, but his effort levels earned his praise.
Others will get the plaudits, but Rhodes played a blinder tonight #swfc— Lee Wheatcroft (@wheatooo) February 13, 2018
Even tho he didn’t score, Rhodes was insane tonight, never stopped working.— Liam (@LR_SWFC) February 13, 2018
Gotta give it to Rhodes, 100% effort been put in tonight! #SWFC— Lee Brown (@leeSWFCbrown) February 13, 2018
He hasn’t scored, but he put in a right old shift tonight... Excellent pressing game from Jordan Rhodes, never stopped. #SWFC— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) February 13, 2018
Rhodes has ran after everything. Not done much in terms of affecting the game but the effort is there tonight #swfc— Wayne Jackson (@waynejackson84) February 13, 2018
Was it just me or was Rhodes actually running a bit faster and pressing more tonight #swfc— jimmy Grimble (@LeeBetts98) February 13, 2018
Brilliant performance from every single player tonight. From Joe in the sticks to Rhodes and Joao up top. Play like that and we'll take some beating. Onwards and upwards #swfc— Ben (@owlsfan83) February 13, 2018
I thought Rhodes looked a lot fitter tonight. Seems Jos is improving the fitness levels and it’s paying off on the pitch. Tonight’s performance will have done wonders for his confidence. I can’t be the only one who is desperate for him to succeed at Hillsborough. Wawaw #swfc— Mark (@super_owls) February 14, 2018
Rhodes could now keep his place in Wednesday’s starting line-up, as his partnership with Lucas Joao worked well.
Joao scored both of the Owls goals, as they picked up an important three points.
Luhukay has waited a long time to taste victory since taking charge at Wednesday, so the pressure was mounting on him to pick up three points.
The Owls’ victory over Derby has pushed them into 15th place in the Championship table, and surely ends any fears that they could be dragged into the relegation scrap.