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Jay Rodriguez BiographyLast updated 26 Sep 2016
Former clubs: Burnley, Stirling Albion (loan), Barnsley (loan)
Jay Rodriguez made his professional debut in the Championship aged just 18 and went on to finish his opening season on loan at Scottish side Stirling Albion, where he grabbed his first senior goals in an 11 game spell. Jay went on to play a bigger role the following year as Burnley earned promotion to the Premier League, landing the Club's Young Player of the Season award having added Carling Cup goals against Fulham and Tottenham to his name.
The England Under-21 international elected to stay on at Turf Moor when Jack Cork and Danny Fox departed for St Mary's in the summer of 2011, with the youngster continuing to enhance his glowing reputation, finishing as Burnley's outright leading scorer with 21 goals in 2011/12 – a feat which also won him the club's Players' Player of the Year award. The striker ended the campaign just four strikes short of 50 career goals, and was also named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year alongside Saints stars Kelvin Davis, Adam Lallana, and Rickie Lambert plus future teammate Nathaniel Clyne.
The move to Southampton
Rodriguez was Saints' first signing following the Club's return to the Premier League, moving from Championship side Burnley for a substantial undisclosed fee having been the Clarets' top goalscorer for the previous two seasons.
Prior to his move, the striker was widely regarded as one of the hottest properties outside of the Barclays Premier League, with his prolific goalscoring record moving him on to the radar of several top-flight teams – and, following Southampton's promotion, Jay was convinced to put pen-to-paper on a four-year contract in June 2012 as Executive Chairman Nicola Cortese watched on.
Rodriguez's first goals for Southampton arrived with a double in a Capital One Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday, before his first-ever Premier League strike came in a home defeat to Spurs in late October. It was following the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as the Club's new First Team Manager that his best form would come, though, as regular starts led to crucial goals in wins over Liverpool, Chelsea and Reading. The striker ended the 2012/13 campaign with nine goals from 37 appearances.
England bow and injury blow
His fine form continued during the 2013/14 season, and he was received international recognition following his efforts. The striker scored 15 Premier League goals in 33 appearances, and made his debut for England against Chile at Wembley Stadium. Rodriguez looked set to be heading for the 2014 World Cup, but a knee injury sustained away to Manchester City curtailed his campaign and ended his hopes of heading to Brazil.
The striker returned to training with the first team in April 2015 and penned a new four-year contract with the club on 12th May 2015.
Return to action
Rodriguez's return to action came at the start of the 2015/16 campaign, with a goal against MK Dons in the EFL Cup showing his quality remained. But another injury curtailed his season until April, as he returned to help Saints in the final few games.
He netted his first Premier League goal since 2014 to salvage a 1-1 draw for Southampton against Sunderland in August 2016.