|Written by Warren|
|Friday, 16 May 2008|
Name : Jay Rodriguez
D.O.B : 29/07/89
Previous clubs :Stirling Albion (Loan), Barnsley (Loan), Burnley, Southampton
Position : Striker
Signed by Steve Cotterill
Sold by Eddie Howe, To Southampton for a reported £7 million
Clarets Debut: 29th December 2007, Bristol City (H) L 0-1
Last Game for Burnley:May 2012, Bristol City (H) D 1-1
International Honours: England U21 International, 1 cap
Claret Honours: Championship Play-Off Winner 2008/09
Claret Stats:87(41) Appearances, 41 Goals
Claret Stat:Jay was the only youth player offered a professional contract by former manager Steve Cotterill.
May of 2008 and new manager Owen Coyle impressed by his progress offered Jay a two year deal after his loan spell at part timers Stirling Albion in the Scottish second division. Jay is certainly a player for the future, with the new managers view on youth he is sure to be given ample chance to show the talent he possesses.
Owen Coyle, looks to have unearthed a diamond, Jay in his first game in America showed great ability running off the ball taking defenders with him allowing Wade Elliot to waltz in and score Burnley's consolation in the 2-1 defeat against Carolina Railhawks, in the second game he showed his penalty box prowess, by scoring the second goal against Minnesota Thunder, after the keeper had parried, Jay was the first to react scoring his second goal for Burnley.
Jay in December 2007 made his debut, coming on as a second half substitute against Bristol City, but it would be against Premiership Fulham where he put his name in lights, and had his face plastered all over SkySports.
Against Premiership Fulham Jay latched onto a through ball from Chris Eagles took the ball in his stride and expertly rounded the goalkeeper, it was the 87th minute of this Carling Cup tie, and Jays first for Burnley was enough to see off the Premiership millionaire's.
Jay has been hitting headlines throughout Burnley's cup successes, Scoring the extra time winner against QPR in the 119th minute ad getting the 3rd goal in Burnley unfortunate 3-2 exit to Spurs in the semi-final of the league cup.
January 2010 Brian Laws loaned out Jay to Yorkshire club Barnsley, he made his debut at Deepdale against Preston North End, scoring the fourth in a 4-1 win, the ball was squared to him by former Claret Andy Gray. On his return from loan, Jay injured his ankle which ruled him out for the season.
With Burnley relegated, Jay came back into contention, but with Brian Laws keeping with his 4-5-1 formation, Jays progress was halted due to being played constantly on the left wing.
Laws parted company with Burnley, and straight away new boss Eddie Howe, played Jay as a striker and Jay is reveling in the role.
In 2011 Jay made his England U21 debut in the away friendly with Italy, where he came of the bench in the second half, Jay totally looked at home in International surroundings.
Jay finished the 2010/11 season with a whole host of player of the year awards, and was the Clarets top goalscorer with 15 goals.
As the 2011/12 season just got underway, Jay was subject of quite a bit of interest Southampton reportedly bid 4.2 million for Burnleys star man, while Newcastle were weighing up options according to the press.
A few goals in pre season set Jay up for the season, Burton Albion were soon to feel the wrath of Jay when he scored 4 against the League Two side in Burnley's 6-3 after extra time win at Turf Moor.
Jays fellow pro's voted him into the PFA Championship team of the year in 2011/12, he became the first Claret since Steve Davis and Glen Little way back in 1999/00 to be included. He also became the highest ranked Burnley player - the first in the Championship - since Leighton James in the old First Division team in 1974/75.
At the end of the 2011/12 season. Jay again collected a whole host of Player of The Year awards, collecting the Official Players Player from his team mates. Jay once again was the Clarets Top Goalscorer with 21 goals in all comps, he was also the League cup top goalscorer in a season where Liverpool went on to win the trophy.
All the Burnley fans fears were realised, when after a summer of rumours, Jay eventually joined fromer Clarets Danny Fox, Richard Chaplow and Jack Cork at Southampton, for a fee of sevn million, a record sale for Burnley. Jay made his debut against Arsenal in a pre-season tournement where he scored the Saints goal in a 1-1 draw.
Burnley record up to 2011/12
*Jay Rodriguez was sponsored by the clarets trust in 2007/08 and again in 2008/09
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 July 2012 )|
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