Gary Bowyer is happy for Barclays Premier League clubs to court Jordan Rhodes because it will mean the free-scoring striker is firing Blackburn towards npower Championship safety - as was the case in their 1-0 win over his former club Huddersfield
Rhodes ended a prolific spell at Town when he made an £8million move across the Pennines in August. Despite being thrown into a chaotic season on and off the pitch at Ewood Park, the goals have continued to flow for the Scotland international.
His 25th and most important to date for Blackburn arrived courtesy of an exceptional close-range volley with his back to goal following Scott Dann's knockdown from David Jones' 36th-minute corner.
Rovers caretaker manager Bowyer marvelled at Rhodes' instinctive qualities afterwards and referenced recent speculation linking West Ham with a summer swoop for the 23-year-old.
"You saw why West Ham and other Premier League teams are linked with Jordan Rhodes and long may they continue to be linked in the press from now until the end of the season," he said.
"I've seen it (the goal) on the laptop and I don't know how he puts it in, but he does.
"We've got to make sure we keep him fit and keep him on the pitch. He's got a big part to play between now and the end of the season, as has everybody. Jordan didn't control the transfer fee, he's come and done his business.
"We just need a couple more goals from him. It would be great for him to get 30 goals, that would be outstanding."
Huddersfield drop back into the bottom three on goal difference and boss Mark Robins was left to rue a moments' loss of concentration that let old boy Rhodes steal the glory.
"We kept him fairly quiet but he's popped up with a poacher's goal and settled it," he said. "It's disappointing from our perspective. You know Jordan's a poacher and comes alive in the box. He's always a threat and it just happens that we switched off from a set play and he's capitalised on it."