Rodriguez Set for Emotional Return

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West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez is being earmarked for an emotional return to his first club Burnley, claims the Daily Mail.

While the Baggies leading stars – Saloman Rondon, Johnny Evans and Nacer Chadli – have release clauses, but it’s believed Rodriguez’s contract doesn’t feature the same escape route.

Nonetheless, Clarets boss Sean Dyche is keen to add the former Southampton man to his squad, particularly with a Europa League campaign to incorporate as well.

With 11 goals this season, Rodriguez is one of the few members of the Albion squad who has performed this season. Even so, with an improved team, he might reasonably expect to score 20+ goals per season.

It was a tally he reached once in his career, during his final season at Turf Moor in 2011-12. Since then, only 2013-14 saw him come close to that tally. After rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Manchester City, the Burnley-born striker missed the whole of the 2014-15 season.

The injury came as a terrible blow, having won his first England cap against Chile in November 2013.

Rodriguez moved to the Hawthorns last July in a £12m deal but with West Brom relegated to the Championship, his ambitions may only be met by a return to the first club of his career.