In the summer of 2017, West Bromwich Albion signed Southampton man, Jay Rodriguez in a £12 million deal to give the striker a lifeline after his injury hell at Southampton.
During the early part of his career at Southampton, Rodriguez had turned himself into a top quality player. Along with Adam Lallan and Rickie Lambert, Rodriguez was part of a Southampton side that had defied expectations and had become one of the best teams outside of the top five.
In his first two seasons in the Premier League, he scored 21 g0als for the club and was even called into the England side. Towards the end of his Southampton career, however, he came off injured against Man City which was later revealed as anterior cruciate ligament injury.
As a result of the injury, he missed out on the 2014 World Cup and the following league season. He never was the same player for Southampton and despite playing 24 games in his final season, he was sold to the Midlands side.
Here’s what the fans had to say on his arrival…
Should be a very Good signing
— Jase B (@WBA78part2) July 2, 2017
— Jamie Murphy (@_Zombie_Ritual_) July 2, 2017
get in there! well happy with that
— Will (@Will22WBA) 2 July 2017
A fit Jayrod will be a good Jayrod. Welcome to the Albion.
— Tony P (@pickering_tony) July 2, 2017
Jay Rodriguez for 15million is absolute steal imo
— Prashanth (@ffslukaaku) July 2, 2017
When he arrived at the club, it was unsure how the forward would fit into Tony Pulis’ defensive side. His career in West Brom didn’t start well as despite being a regular in the side he failed to make much of an impact on the side.
In fairness, West Brom started the season poorly and only managed to two games in their first 13 in the league. As a result of their poor run of form, the club sacked Tony Pulis and brought in Alan Pardew. His and the club’s fortunes didn’t change, however as they continued to lose.
Pardew was then sacked after eight successive league defeats and replaced with Darren Moore. He didn’t manage to keep the club up but with Moore at the helm, Rodriguez rediscovered some form.
This year, he’s been one of the club’s best players and has scored nine goals in 20 games as West Brom have turned into a potential promotion side. With him, Dwight Gayle and Harvey Barnes, the Baggies have an attack that can trouble any side.
It certainly seems, the West Brom fans were right to be excited by his arrival, although it took him some time to get going.