Not too long ago Jay Rodriguez look destined for the footballing scrap heap after an ankle injury threatened to de-rail his young career and lead Burnley to loan him to struggling Barnsley.
Today things couldn’t be more different for the talented 22 year old and it seems a move to the Premiership is looking increasingly inevitable for the England under 21 international.
The Mirror report that Burnley Manager, “Eddie Howe has put Newcastle and Southampton on alert by conceding 21-goal striker Jay Rodriguez could be sold in the summer.”
21 goals so far this season highlight the talent of Rodriguez and both clubs the Mirror suggest are monitoring the Englishman have already had bids rejected by Burnley in the past.
The prospect of a move to the north-east for the 22-year old seems a remote one after the January addition of Cisse. The recruitment of Demba Ba’s international strike partner means the Magpies already have an array of striking options including the Ameobi brothers, Leon Best and the two Senegalese internationals.
Southampton would appear a more realistic destination for the Burnley striker. The south coast club look ever more likely to be able to offer Premiership football next season and the signing of a young hungry striker with a proven goal scoring record should appeal. Rodriguez’s style of play could form a fruitful partnership with Southhampton’s experianced and skillful front man Rickie Lambert next season.
Even if Rodriguez doesn’t get a dream move to the promise land of the Premiership this summer at 22 years old and a long career ahead it will surely only be a matter of time before the striker reaches the big time. This belief is shared by his manager who states of Premiership sides,
“They will look at his age and his goalscoring record and all the other attributes that he’s got”.
“I’m sure there’ll be clubs looking at him and I’m sure there have been clubs looking at him this season. We’ll wait and see on that one.”