Championship

What does the future now hold for Jay Rodriguez at West Brom?

He’s been rather impressive this season, hasn’t he West Brom fans? Coming off the back of a tidy showing in his first season for the Baggies last campaign, Rodriguez was expected to perform in the Championship given his pedigree, and perform he has done.

Having maintained a relatively constant position within the play-off spots throughout the season, one of the main reasons for such stability in the league was due to Rodriguez’s clinical nature in front of goal.

The 29-year-old started the season in the striker role in a front three and moved to the wings so Dwight Gayle could be used up top in the latter stage of the season. Either way, the former Southampton ace continued to consistently score for the Baggies, finishing on 22 goals and six assists in the League that season.

As the season has come to a close, given his form in front of goal and his work off the ball, there has been little talk regarding what his future holds so we have posed that question ourselves.

Well, with Dwight Gayle returning to Newcastle United after Albion pulled out of a deal to sign him permanently, according to ChronicleLive, Rodriguez must further step up to the plate and take even more of the goalscoring onus.

Perhaps bringing in a natural winger that is adept in front of goal to try and ease the goalscoring burden from him would be wise, but it is highly unlikely that anyone will be able to replicate Gayle’s 24-goal season.

In terms of him stepping up, he will just need to be even more impactful in some of the big games. For example, take the play-off semi-final second leg, Rodriguez was largely bullied off the ball by the Aston Villa backline and when in possession, he struggled to create any openings or be on the end of them. Obviously, he cannot be on top form for every game but in games with so much at stake, he will need to be step up to the plate as the sole reliance for goals.

Rodriguez’s future looks sure to be at the Hawthorns but if the Baggies are to return to the Premier League next year, he will need to better his game even more so and be even more impactful in games. There will be a lot of expectancy on him to perform but that is something that Rodriguez could thrive under.

Baggies, what do you think the future holds for the one-cap England ace? What do you hope it does? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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