This summer Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a host of names. In the end, nobody arrived at the club, meaning they once again failed to bring in effective cover for Harry Kane. One of the players linked with taken up that role was Jay Rodriguez.
With West Brom relegated and Mauricio Pochettino a massive fan, such a link made sense. The Argentine had helped ‘J-Rod’ win England credentials whilst Southampton manager.
The Burnley Express reported that Tottenham were considering a move for the player in August. The report added the club wanted a £18 million fee for the player. That sort of fee likely put Tottenham off considering the 29-year-old’s age and injury history.
So far this season, however, he has shown why Tottenham might have wanted him. Rodriguez has been in great form for the Baggies.
His six goals in nine games have helped him rise to the top of the Championship, despite an opening day defeat to Bolton Wanderers.
As ever with the forward, it has been something of a streaky run. His six goals have come from three braces.
That’s not to say he could not have been a solid Tottenham option from the bench. His ability to find the net and have hot days would have been welcomed at Spurs.
At the over-priced amount of £18 million, Tottenham were probably right to steer clear. But Rodriguez is showing he can stay fit and score goals. He could easily have been a top bench player for Tottenham.