Date: 16th June 2019 at 8:15pm
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With West Bromwich Albion seemingly imploding following our victory in the Championship Play-Off Semi-Final stage last season as Aston Villa consigned them to a second season in the second tier, we have now rather predictably been linked with striker Jay Rodriguez.

The ‘hand’ scored 22 times in 2018/19 and is obviously a key player for them, but it seems their Board may have made a whoopsie according to our friends over at Vital Baggies and if that speculated contract change is accurate from the Telegraph, he’d absolutely be a bargain at £5million.

The Mirror’s live transfer blog on Wednesday listed Villa as potentially having an interest at that price, but expectedly the likes of Leicester City, Norwich City and Sheffield United are all tagged with an interest too.

He’s not everyone’s favourite striker given his antics against us, but I can’t be the only one who would see the sense in this.

1 – It would annoy the hell out of our local rivals.
2 – Good Premier League experience for 12 months.
3 – Almost instant double profit at £5m.
4 – We would complete the bargain transfer fee hattrick (Jota Birmingham, Hause Wolves).

If we pulled this off I’d go full Kevin Keegan as I’d ‘love it’.

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2 Replies to “Opinion – Villa Should Definitely Raid West Brom For This Man”

  • The only slight minus with Rodriguez is his age, but I think the club cannot look long term with every single purchase made. Combining his cost, PL experience and likely goal return, he makes a good case for recruitment.

    After acquiring the services of Wesley, I doubt we will want to repeat another large outlay on the purchase of a second striker. Smith will have Mings and Butland on his agenda, not to mention others to budget for. However, I think the need that second addition up front is needed with doubts over Hogan’s future and the effectiveness of others.

    Rodriguez can offer the benefit of his experience playing in the Premier League, which would prove invaluable given the number of debutants we will have entering the English top flight for the first time.

    So, all in all, a good option in my book.

    • My thoughts exactly Tony. If he truly is available for £5million, as long as we don’t go stupid wage route. Short term cover with good Prem experience and instant profit with a 2yr contract.

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