I know confidence can play wonders on a players performance but I honestly just think he hasn’t got it anymore.
At first when we signed him I thought he was really clever buying fouls all the time by going down when anyone went near him however I know think he does it because he knows he can’t get away from any defender no matter how slow they are. As you say Fletcher and Hooper aren’t pacey however they can put themselves about , hold the ball up well and can run quick enough to get into space when they’ve got the ball. Rhodes either falls over or gets caught by defenders even with a decent head start, the poor lad literally can’t run anymore.
When I say modern football I just mean the style of play. Gone are the days mostly where you could have a goal hanger who just stood in the box waiting for chances. Especially us as we just ain’t good enough to have a player who offers nothing other than he might finish the odd chance.
Football is all about opinions, everyone is entitled to them and having an opinion doesn’t make me right. It’s just my opinion that he ain’t effective enough. Drop him to league 1 and I think you might make a player of him again.