Championship

TT Battle: Jay Rodriguez vs Britt Assombalonga

West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough currently sit in fourth and fifth place respectively, with an automatic promotion place in both of their sights. 

The Baggies have been excellent under Darren Moore this season after a rather disappointing start to proceedings, while Middlesbrough have slowly crept into automatic promotion contention under the guidance of Tony Pulis.

West Bromwich Albion will welcome Middlesbrough to the Hawthorns today in the Championship, so we took a look at Jay Rodriguez and Britt Assombalonga’s influence at their respective clubs.

With that in mind, let’s compare these two transfers…

JAY RODRIGUEZ

West Brom secured the services of Jay Rodriguez back in the summer of 2017 for £12 million from Southampton.

The Englishman has been sensational since moving to the Hawthorns, with this season arguably being his best yet as he has managed to produce a whopping 14 goals.

Rodriguez holds the key to the Baggies’ automatic promotion hopes, as one of their biggest contributors and star performers.

TT GRADE: A

BRITT ASSOMBALONGA

Middlesbrough went all out to bring Britt Assombalonga to the Riverside stadium back in the summer of 2017, as they splashed £15 million on the Congo international.

The forward has been rather impressive since joining up with Tony Pulis but he just hasn’t been able to hit the heights that many thought he would. Indeed, he has nine goals to his name in the current campaign, which isn’t necessarily that impressive when you consider the fact that he’s featured 26 times in all competitions.

Nevertheless, he will still play a huge part in Boro’s push for automatic promotion as their main goal source.

TT GRADE: B+

TT VERDICT:

When comparing these two, it’s safe to say that Jay Rodriguez is currently a level above Britt Assombalonga as the Boro man hasn’t always been able to find his feet in front of goal.

Rodriguez has formed a formidable partnership at the pinnacle of the attack with Dwight Gayle, which has single-handedly helped the Baggies climb up the Championship table.

Meanwhile, Assombalonga has certainly been able to aid Boro’s promotion bid but there’s still a couple of things currently missing from his game.

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