Burnley to make £18m bid for Jay Rodriguez

Burnley are set to make an improved £18m bid for West Brom forward, Jay Rodriguez, according to Sky Sports News.

Coming home

Rodriguez spent much of his early career at Burnley. He came up through their youth system in January of 2007.

But he would spend much of his first stint at Burnley out on loan at places like Barnsley.

Rodriguez would then leave Burnley for Southampton in 2012 for a fee in the region of £7.8 million.

The Englishman would then sign with West Brom in the summer of 2017 for a fee of around £12.3 million.

However, West Brom would finish the 2017/18 season bottom of the Premier League and as a result, Jay Rodriguez is being allowed to leave the Baggies with Burnley looking the most likely club to sign him at the moment.

Sean Dyche during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on January 13, 2018 in London, England.

Versatile forward

While Rodriguez has had trouble with injuries in the past which, in one case, kept him out for 413 days, Rodriguez is a very versatile forward when he is injury free.

Throughout his career, Rodriguez has proven he can play left wing, right wing, centre-forward and also behind the striker.

This makes him a very desirable forward for any club as Rodriguez would be a great player to take the places of injured or suspended forwards throughout the season.

Moreover, Rodriguez has shown he can also score and assist quite well.

For instance, this past season with West Brom, Rodriguez managed to bag 11 goals in 42 games for West Brom in all competitions.

While that doesn’t look overly impressive, it is when you remember how bad West Brom were last season and that they scored just 31 goals in 38 Premier League games last season.

So, if Rodriguez were to move to a club who were not struggling as much as West Brom, such as Burnley, there is no doubt his goal tally would certainly increase.

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