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West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez would be a superb back-up for Harry Kane

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West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez would be a superb back-up for Harry Kane

The Englishman previously played some of his best football under Pochettino at Southampton.

Reports in the Independent this week linked Tottenham Hotspur with a massive £120 million summer spending spree.

The article listed five players that could possibly move to north London, and among the most intriguing links was West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez.

If the former Southampton striker reconnects with his former manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, it would prove to be an inspired decision.

Rodriguez has quietly enjoyed a brilliant season at Premier League strugglers West Brom, developing a reputation for scoring goals against the league’s biggest clubs.

The 28-year-old striker most notably bagged the famous winner at Old Trafford last weekend, delivering an emphatic diving header to decide the title race in unlikely fashion.

Rodriguez has also bagged an FA Cup double at Anfield this term, along with goals versus Arsenal and Manchester City.

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Rodriguez enjoyed the best years of his career at Southampton under Pochettino, in which he recorded an outstanding 15 goals in 33 Premier League matches in 2013/14.

 

However, tragically for the Englishman, he suffered a devastating knee injury in April that ruled him out of the World Cup.

Tottenham have long been searching for a viable back-up option for star striker Harry Kane, with Fernando Llorente struggling during his limited opportunities this season.

Multimillion pound signing Vincent Janssen has also spent a inconsistent season on loan at Fenerbahce, and seems unlikely to break through at Spurs next season.

All these uninspiring forward options provide a brilliant chance for Rodriguez to make an impact in north London.

With Kane suffering from a recurrent ankle ligament injury, Spurs will be increasingly likely to rely on substitute striking options in the coming seasons.

The signing of Jay Rodriguez would serve as the perfect solution to this problem, allowing the lethal striker to reunite with Pochettino and contribute to the cause at White Hart Lane.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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