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West Brom Sign Jay Rodriguez For £12m

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West Bromwich Albion have signed England striker Jay Rodriguez from Southampton for a fee of around £12m.

The 27-year-old has struggled with injuries in his five years at Saints, scoring 32 goals in 126 appearances.

His most prolific season was in 2013-14 when he scored 15 Premier League goals and made his only England appearance.

He missed the entire 2014-15 season after a serious knee injury and then had ankle surgery in November 2015, making only 16 appearances that season.

Rodriguez, who has struggled for first-team football since his injuries, scored six goals in 34 appearances in 2016-17 and has been a long-term target for Baggies boss Tony Pulis.

Burnley-born Rodriguez, who left his home town club for Southampton in a reported £7m move in 2012, made his international debut against Chile in November 2013 and was in contention for England's World Cup squad before his knee injury in April 2014.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40474577

 

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A gamble based on his injury record but that's reflected in the price. 

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I really liked him during 13/14

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Has never recovered after those initial 16 months out with an ACL. Shame because he's a nice lad and looked promising. He just looked so toothless in attack for Saints last year mind and they'll be delighted to nearly double what they paid for him.

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West Brom building a team of players who look the same to try and fool the opposition

 

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As others have questioned, has he ever returned to the level of form he showed before that terrible injury?

I truly hope this move brings the very best out of him again.

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This leaves Southampton with only Gabbiadini, Austin and Long. I can't remember the last time Gabbiadini and Austin went a full season without a long term injury and Long has never been used as a first-choice. Wonder if they'll look to buy another striker. 

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He would have been a Liverpool player if he hadn't got injured.

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Like him more than Berahino..... 

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