Jay Rodriguez hasn’t really had the best of seasons since his £12million arrival at West Bromwich Albion from Southampton over the summer.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 15, 2018
There has been the recent Football Association investigation after Gaeten Bong’s words with the FA deciding last week that the case hadn’t been proven. Rodriguez did of course dispute those claims from the beginning, but for the club as a whole and the player, with our slide to the bottom of the table, it’s been one thing after another.
The 28-year-old has also been party to some woeful misses as confidence within the group bottomed out.
One thing has pretty much remained consistent though – his effort levels – and he’s won plenty of fans over with his work rate, but now having scored in two of our last three games to take his tally to six goals in the Premier League and ten across all competitions, he appears to have really won over the fans of late.
Responding to his winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, here’s a selection of fans thoughts and many hope he remains with us even if relegation is the outcome as they believe he can fire us back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
You were superb again today Jay in what has been a very trying season for you. Faultless commitment and attitude – you are a credit and hope you will be with us next season, well done!! ????????????#WBA
— Paul Harris (@PaulHar55683266) April 15, 2018
@MellorGary once again credit for helping @JayRodriguez9 with @WBA throughout the past difficult weeks. Now that it’s past us, and building on his outstanding performance today I hope Jay can see extending his career with us. Next season will be a key one for both parties.
— Conrad Chircop (@conradchircop) April 15, 2018
Absolutely top drawer performance and deserved win but makes me so angry when i see performances like this and Liverpool in FA Cup and where we are in league. When I hear about players putting it in for Big Dave, what about putting it in for the supporters every week?
— Steve Denny (@alvechurchsec) April 15, 2018
Met him at Stoke away. Had a good chat with him. Really nice bloke who cares alot also. Wouldn't surprise me if he stayed with us. Certainly wouldn't kick up a fuss.
— ???? DOOD ⚪️ (@RudeDoody) April 15, 2018
— lee (@br1cktop81) April 15, 2018
Thanks Jay, be nice if you could stick around next season to fire us back up. Or will money talk in the greed league.
— John Russell (@Baggiejohn1) April 15, 2018
this has been an hard season for jay rod but the club and fans stood by him lets hope he repays us by staying with us
— Jason Smith (@Big_Jay1970) April 15, 2018
what a man. Absolute legend. Please please please stay regardless of how the seasons ends up. Great day today. Thanks @JayRodriguez9
— Ant Swailes (@AntSwailes) April 15, 2018
Some fans also felt he was on the way to replicating a certain Jonas Olsson in style.
Please don’t cut your hair ????
— Clare Higgins (@baggiechick) April 15, 2018
We do seem to be seeing more of the type of form he was showing that won him his solitary England cap before he suffered a horrific long-term injury, so long may that continue and whatever happens with relegation, ultimately, we should have a few things to cheer about as we look for hope ahead of 2018/19.