Burnley manager Eddie Howe has said that his top young goal-scorer, Jay Rodríguez, could be sold in the summer.
Jay Rodríguez – 22 year-old Burnley striker
The 21 year-old is of Spanish descent, and his father Enrique is the one who is Spanish, and played a short time for Deportivo de La Coruña, before spending time at Burnley in 1983.
Eddie Howe had this to say today about his young number 9 in the Daily Mail:
“If we can keep hold of him we’d love to but I would think any Premier League team who has seen him and done their homework will see what a season he’s had.”
“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.”
The Mail is reporting that both Newcastle and Southampton have made previous bids for the hit-man, and certainly he’s the kind of player Newcastle would be interested in.
He has hit 21 goals in 41 appearances this season for Burnley, and Jay can play up front as a striker or out on the wing.
Assuming that Newcastle can keep Demba Ba through the summer, Newcastle would like to bring in a younger striker, who then has time to develop as a Newcastle first teamer.
Jay joined Burnley back in 2000, and became a member of the first team squad in 2007, and made his first team debut in the Championship in December of 2007, when he came on as a late substitute in in the 1–0 home defeat to Bristol City.
Since then he has played 127 times with 41 goals for Burnley and was on loan at Stirling Albion in 2007-2008 (12 appearances – 3 goals) and Barnsley in 2009-2010 (6 appearances – 1 goal).
The 6’1″ tall striker made his debut for the England U21 side in February of last year in a friendly against Italy U21s, coming on as a substitute in the 60th minute.
It will be interesting to see if Newcastle pursue this lad in the summer, and Jay signed a two year deal last June, so he will have on year left on that deal this summer.
What do you think?