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What if…Burnley had signed Jay Rodriguez in the summer?

What if…Burnley had signed Jay Rodriguez in the summer?

Back in August, the BBC reported that Burnley had had an offer of around £16 million for attacker Jay Rodriguez rejected by West Brom.

What went down?

In the summer, West Brom were preparing for a campaign in the Championship, having been relegated from the Premier League last time out.

Falling out of the top flight meant that a number of first team figures left the Hawthorns, such as Nacer Chadli, Jonny Evans and Ben Foster. Burnley attempted to add Rodriguez to that list of departures by bringing the forward back to Turf Moor.

However, the Baggies hung onto the 29-year-old, and Burnley had to look elsewhere for reinforcements for their strikeforce.

What might have been?

Rodriguez has been in fine form for West Brom so far this season, having already reached double figures in terms of league goals.

Matej Vydra though, who Burnley signed from Derby County (BBC) having missed out on Rodriguez, has failed to impress at Turf Moor. The 26-year-old has not been a Premier League regular for the Clarets, and has only managed one league goal this season.

Had Rodriguez returned to Burnley instead – having previously represented them between 2007 and 2012 – he would surely have offered a more prolific option to Sean Dyche than Vydra. Rodriguez would have given Burnley an extra dimension in attack and would certainly have provided goals.

Goals have been in short supply for the Lancashire club this season, which is why they currently find themselves struggling near the relegation zone. Things might have been different had they had Rodriguez to fire them up the table.

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