‘He offers more than just a goal for us’ - Burnley boss Sean Dyche on in-form striker Jay Rodriguez
Sean Dyche has no doubt Jay Rodriguez will continue to score and create goals, after a profitable week.
Rodriguez is expected to start against his former club West Brom at Turf Moor on Saturday, and could inflict another blow to the Baggies’ survival hopes.
The 31-year-old has a goal and two assists in his last two Premier League games, and his next goal will be his 100th in league football.
Rodriguez’s header at Crystal Palace last weekend was his first top flight goal since the equaliser at Anfield at the end of last season - a run of 22 games - but he has only started 10 Premier League games this season with ankle and knee problems punctuating his campaign.
Now back fit and firing, Dean Saunders described his dummy and centre for Ashley Barnes’ equaliser against Fulham as “world class” on TalkSport, and Dyche said: “He is well rounded centre-forward.
“There comes a time when you are looking for your centre forwards to use their game knowledge which he certainly does.
“He has been a bit up and down here with injuries.
“He has had a few injuries which have upset his true run in the side in terms of playing every week.
“He is a very good player.
“He offers more for us than just a goal for us.
“Same as all our centre forwards, we ask a lot of them, it is not just their goals.
“We ask a lot of them in team play.
“But he gets in the right areas and will score goals that is for sure."
Dyche never gets invested when facing former clubs, but will it spur Rodriguez on against West Brom, where he netted 33 goals in two seasons?: “It is different strokes for different fields.
“When I was a player I had total respect for all my clubs, including the ones I didn't do so well at.
“I was never that into that playing my old clubs.
“I didn't want to get one over them.
“Why would I? I enjoyed playing for most of my clubs.
“I looked at it differently.
“But that doesn't mean individuals don't.
“They might look at it that they want to play well and prove a point.
“I don't know but I just went about my business the right way all the time.
“It wasn't relevant whether I was playing an old club or a different club.”