With the bombshell at the beginning of June with claims that 29-year-old star striker Jay Rodriguez could in fact now leave West Bromwich Albion for only £5million given a change to his contract last summer, well, the news wasn’t greeted well in the fanbase given our known financial problems.
Although the £5million claim took the headlines for obvious reasons, as the weeks passed £10million became a more associated claim to the reports and Sporting Director Luke Dowling recently addressed the topic when talking to the E&S.
He certainly didn’t deny that the clause existed and he admitted that like all players, there was always a price and decisions had to be taken in the best interests of the club, but he did seem rather confident that Rodriguez would still be with us for the big kick-off to the 2019/20 campaign.
“Jay had a great season, he’s really settled in the area, his family are here. Last year was one of his best in terms of game time. He recognises the support the club have given him over the years. He’s not indicated to us that he’s in a rush to move. There’s always going to be speculation, but he was in Monday with a smile on his face, the normal Jay that we know. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was here on August 9.”
With the players back for pre-season training now it’s certainly good news that Rodriguez is in good spirits and not pushing for a move, but whether that changes ahead of deadline day and clubs’ maybe force our hand, well, that remains to be seen.