Jordan Rhodes will play his final game at League One level on Saturday, regardless of the play-off final result.
If his Huddersfield Town side beat Sheffield United at Wembley, he will be a Championship player next season with the Terriers, at the very least.
But many believe he will get a move to the Premier League regardless of the result.
He has been outstanding all season and is without question the best striker outside of the top two divisions.
With 40 goals to his name and a debut for Scotland, it has been some campaign for the 22-year-old.
Including the Championship, there isn’t a finer finisher of the ball outside of the top-flight, and Rhodes is more than good enough to compete in the Premier League.
A move to the European-bound clubs may be too much of a step, but he could contribute heavily for, and fitting in well with, the likes of Everton, Fulham or Sunderland.
A mid-table club with designs on a top-ten finish would be perfect for Rhodes, who displays an instinct for finishing only the best players have.
He is great off the last man, positionally very astute and always has a goal in him.
He will prove key to Huddersfield’s hopes of victory over the Blades, particularly with United’s equivalent Ched Evans now in jail.
But regardless, many suspect come August he will no longer be a Terrier but about to embark on a deserved shot at the Premier League.
Nick Barmby deserved better than to be booted out by Hull City.
The former Spurs and England star was a hero to supporters of his hometown club, all the more so because he was only ever a reluctant boss at the KC Stadium.
The 38-year-old spent eight seasons at Hull, and ended his playing career to answer an SOS from new owner Assem Allam and the board when Nigel Pearson resigned in November 2011 to return to Leicester.
But he was cruelly disposed of after questioning a perceived lack of spending in the January transfer window in an interview with a local newspaper.
The comments may have been naive – arriving less than a year into his fledgling managerial career – but they hit a nerve with chairman Allam who has put nearly £60m into the club since buying it for £1 in December 2010.
Barmby was suspended in April and then sacked a week later, and despite appealing against the decision his axing was confirmed this week.
Hull have been strongly linked with Steve Bruce showing a lack of imagination and ambition that will depress those already upset at the manner of Barmby’s departure.
Getting rid of a hugely popular, young manager who bleeds black and gold, and who guided Hull to eighth in the Championship in his first season in charge could prove to be a huge error on Allam’s part.
As well as causing dissent on the terrace, replacing him with the latest failure off the Premier League managerial merry-go-round could also end their hopes of breaking back into the Premier League.
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