41 goals in 128 appearances – Why West Brom’s 28-year-old will be a great signing for Burnley

Jay Rodriguez

Why West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez Would Be Perfect For Burnley

Once the formality of West Bromwich’s relegation to the Championship is complete, one can expect a fire sale that would see their best players sticking to the top-tier of English football. Jay Rodriguez is one candidate who must abandon club loyalty and sentiment in a bid to stick to the Premier League and if there’s one club that he would actually improve in, it’s Burnley.

Sean Dyche’s men have really pushed themselves this year, surprising everyone with an imminent 7th place finish on the table.

Rodriguez to Burnley is a good move for many reasons, primarily because he has had experience in the top flight for many years. Here are a few other reasons why Rodriguez’s move to Burnley has the potential to be a good one:

He knows the club inside out

Jay Rodriguez won’t take much time settling in at Turf Moor because he’s been there and done that for them before. The 28-year-old grew up supporting them and went on to make 128 appearances with 41 goals to his name before being sold to Southampton.

He’s not the one to slack around and Burnley can begin the season on a strong note if they know Rodriguez is fit and firing from day one. He also has enough Premier League pedigree to warrant a starting place in the squad.

He’s consistent

Before he sadly trudged off with an ACL injury for Southampton back in 2014, Rodriguez was in pretty good form. He’s a striker who knows where the back of the net is and he isn’t a gamble.

Rodriguez has been consistent this season as well, hitting 11 goals for a lacklustre Baggies and in the process, rising as one of the shining lights in a season that was bound to end in relegation right from the second month of the season. If Burnley can play to his strengths with a strong squad, they could find themselves a coup.

Jay Rodriguez (Centre)

He’s full of energy and running

Who wouldn’t want that in a player? Rodriguez has always been known to be a player who gives his 100% and under Sean Dyche, he will find a manager who appreciates that sort of effort.

Rodriguez almost always never wants to give up, even if it is a lost cause. Burnley is a team who try to win at all costs and Rodriguez might just prove that school of thought right with his move to the side.

At most, Rodriguez has a good three years of top-level football left in him and he should spend it at Burnley. A good side with a respectable Premier League standing could just be what Rodriguez needs to find that final push to get him the best out of himself.

Written by Rohit Nair

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