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West Brom can’t afford to lose Jay Rodriguez this summer

West Brom can’t afford to lose Jay Rodriguez this summer

According to the Telegraph, Newcastle United recently had a loan bid for West Brom’s Salomon Rondon rejected, but they may still be able to secure the striker on a permanent deal. 

Losing Rondon would mean West Brom losing their joint top scorer of last season, but he is not the striker the Baggies should be doing all they can to hang on to.

Jay Rodriguez, who, like Rondon, bagged 7 Premier League goals last time out, is far more important to Darren Moore’s squad than his Venezuelan counterpart. 

If West Brom can keep Rodriguez at the Hawthorns, then the man capable of firing them back into the top flight will already be at the club.

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A cruel injury record in recent years has clouded how highly regarded the 28-year-old once was. 15 Premier League strikes for Southampton during the 2013/14 season was a high point, and earned him his England cap.

What makes Rodriguez so much more vital to West Brom than Rondon is his versatility. Rodriguez, whilst not the same kind of physical presence as that provided by Rondon, is more than just a goalscorer. He is a playmaker too, and happy to drop deep, get his foot on the ball in midfield, and track back to see his defensive duties done.

His ability to operate comfortably on both wings, as well as through the middle, could also prove very useful in the upcoming campaign.

Hanging onto Rodriguez is vital for Darren Moore, and could prove the difference between his club achieving an immediate return to the Premier League or not.

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