Burnley Opinion: Why the Clarets should re-sign Jay Rodriguez this summer
According to a report from Calciomercato, West Brom have rejected a £12million bid for Jay Rodriguez from Burnley. The striker was heavily linked with a move back to Burnley in the winter transfer window but West Brom managed to keep hold of one of their prized assets.
Jay Rodriguez, 29, stayed loyal to West Brom following relegation from the Premier League last summer. He has enjoyed a solid season in the Championship, scoring 20 goals and adding five assists whilst forming a potent strike partnership with on-loan Newcastle United star Dwight Gayle.
That is probably the reason why Burnley are interested in re-signing the 29-year-old and made enquiries ahead of the summer transfer window. The Clarets should not hesitate in tabling a bigger offer for the forward when the transfer window re-opens in a couple of months’ time.
Expectations were high from Burnley at the start of this season after how well they performed in the 2017/18 campaign. But things haven’t gone according to the scripts for Sean Dyche and company as the Clarets look like a team in trouble at the moment. They are 14th in the table but just six points above the final relegation place with five games left in the campaign.
One of Burnley’s biggest problems this season has been scoring goals. Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood have shared the responsibility of scoring goals but when the duo have had an off day, Dyche’s men have found it very difficult to find the back of the net.
The summer transfer window will give a chance for Dyche to strengthen his options up front and one man who should be on their shortlist is Jay Rodriguez. What makes Rodriguez a great option for the Clarets is not because he’s a consistent goal-scorer but due to his tenacity, work-rate and prior experience.
In fact, the 29-year-old started his career with hometown club Burnley in 2007 and spent five years at the club before joining Southampton in 2012. That should not see him take much time to adapt to the demands of the Premier League as well as connect with the fans. The one-cap England international versatility of playing anywhere across the front-line could also come handy for Dyche.
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Rodriguez will also add a bit of pace and movement up front, whilst complementing either Barnes or Wood. Moreover, the 29-year-old’s composure on the ball is a key trait and that combined with exceptional movement in and around the box makes him a tricky customer to mark.
Adding someone like Rodriguez won’t completely solve Burnley’s goalscoring problems, but it will go a long way in helping the club move forward next season. While the Clarets will need other additions to patch up their team, Dyche has to make a move for Rodriguez.
Here are 3 Premier League stars that Newcastle should look to sign in the summer – including Bournemouth duo
Newcastle United Opinion: Magpies must sign these 3 vital players
Newcastle United started the Premier League season with a lot of lofty ambitions and dreams. But as it turned out, the harsh reality of the English game didn’t let them get anywhere near their pre-season targets and this was mainly because of the wave of injuries they suffered along the course of the season.
A variety of their star players including the likes of Jonjo Shelley, Mo Diame, Kenedy and Paul Dummett spent prolonged spells on the sideline which certainly didn’t help Rafa Benitez’s cause and managed to put him under a bit of added pressure as well.
With most of the season now behind us, a quick look back at their season and it could well be branded a successful one considering the apparent inability they showed to score goals in the first part of the season, despite the presence of Salomon Rondon.
The winter signing of Paraguayan star Miguel Almiron has certainly been a massive success and considering all of this, it’s quite silly to see that Newcastle haven’t been targeting to reach greater heights. With young players like Ayoze Perez and Christian Atsu to push the team forward, there is a bright future ahead.
The purchase of a couple of high quality players is definitely going to be necessary considering the toll that the injury wave took on them earlier in the season. According to exclusive reports from the Daily Star, Newcastle managed Rafa Benitez has created a shortlist of three players that he wishes to lure to St.James’ Park at the end of the season.
As suggested by reports, Rafa has added Burnley’s young sensation Dwight McNeil to wish list of summer signing which already included the names of Bournemouth stars Ryan Fraser and David Brooks. With such a massive overhaul planned at the Toon, Rafa could be taking Newcastle into the next phase of the long history.
Here are the 3 Premier League stars that Newcastle are looking to sign in the summer:
The Burnley youngster has been a sensation since bursting onto the Premier League scene earlier in the season and since then, his stock has been skyrocketing.
Still only 19, the Clarets’ prized possession has been showing off his amazing talents off late and it’s no surprise that the bigger teams have begun to ask questions about the 3-goal star.
Fraser’s season has been one to behold as it seems like he just keeps going from strength to strength. Yet to miss a game in the league this season, Fraser’s contribution to Eddie Howe’s side have been commendable while his numbers which read 7 goals and 11 assists are the stuff of dreams for a young Scot as well.
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Another young talent being nurtured and developed by Eddie Howe at the Vitality Stadium, Brooks has been a revelation since coming to the fore when the Cherries needed him most earlier in the season.
Since making the starting role his own, his performance levels have gone up and his record of 7 goals and 5 assists means that the 21-year-old’s value is on the up as well.
Burnley would strike gold by signing this 20-year-old attacking starlet currently starring for Besiktas
Burnley Opinion: Clarets should sign Guven Yalcin in the summer
Takvim reports that the Clarets would need to fend off competition from Bundesliga clubs Freiburg and Wolfsburg if they are to land the promising 20-year-old Turk at the end of the season.
Yalcin spent time youth career at Bayer Leverkusen before joining Besiktas last summer and the youngster has made an instant impact in the Turkish Super Lig, shining on the left-hand side of Senol Gunes’ attack.
The German-Turk prodigy has scored 5 times in 18 league outings for Besiktas and has emerged as one of the breakout stars in the top flight, with a hat-trick in a recent 7-0 drubbing of Rizespor being the highlight of his career in Turkey so far.
The Dusseldorf-born left-winger represented Turkey at the U17 level, switched his allegiance to Germany at the U19s and then returned to action for Turkey at the U20 level.
Yalcin is not amongst the elite list of emerging young talents across the continent but he has certainly showcased his ability to deliver the goods at the senior level.
McNeil has played a key role for Sean Dyche’s side on the left side of the attack and Burnley would undoubtedly find it difficult to replace him if he decides to leave for a bigger club.
The Clarets currently have Robbie Brady as a like-for-like replacement for McNeil, while Aaron Lennon and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are also viable options. Ashley Barnes and Matej Vydra can also fill in on the left but Dyche has preferred Barnes up front, while Vydra has hardly played a significant role this season.
Given that Lennon has struggled for form and fitness and Brady hasn’t been able to nail down a first-team place, the Clarets should look to add depth and quality in a key area.
To put things into perspective, Yalcin might be a good choice for Burnley given that he has not only enjoyed a breakout season in Turkey but has attracted interest from German clubs as well. His performances in the Super Lig hardly guarantees success in England but the Clarets might have a gem in their hands if the youngster lives up to his potential in the Premier League.
Yalcin is at his best when deployed as an inverted winger down the left, which allows him to use his stronger right foot to cut inside from the flanks.
Blessed with good pace and quick feet, the 20-year-old not only excels at beating defenders with his trickery and acceleration but he is also equally adept at holding on to the ball with his back to goal. Work ethic is another feature of his game and the Turk often tracks back to help out his defenders.
The Turk has the ability to bring any attack to life with his flair, youthful exuberance and wonderful crossing, while also exploiting the gaps in the opposition’s defence with some good movement off the ball. Furthermore, he is a very good distance shooter who has a penchant for scoring goals from outside the box.
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Burnley have done well to preserve their Premier League status this season but they should aim for bigger things next season.
Guven Yalcin is little known but he is exactly the kind of player that the Clarets should look for in the transfer window. He is young and promising and has a good resale value, which would enable Burnley to cash in on him should he fail to deliver the goods.
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Burnley Opinion: The Clarets should make a move for Andre Ayew
Following a fairytale run in the Premier League last season which saw them finish 7th and secure a return to the European stage after a 51-year long absence, Burnley looked down and out in the opening stages of the current campaign.
Their poor form in the earlier stages of the Premier League this season was largely due to the distraction caused by their European adventures. However, with the dark clouds of relegation looming at Turf Moor, Sean Dyche has been able to inspire a turnaround of fortunes.
Much of Burnley’s recent success has been down to the heroics of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, whilst youngster Dwight McNeil has also made a positive impact in his debut season.
Ashley Westwood has also chipped in with some valuable assists from central midfield but Burnley should look to add a little more quality to their midfield options.
To put things into perspective, Burnley should look to raid Swansea City for their Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew.
The 29-year-old has spent time on loan at Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super Lig this season and it looks highly unlikely that a player of his calibre is going to stick around for much longer in the Championship.
Known as a versatile midfielder who is comfortable playing in attacking, defensive and central roles in the midfield, Ayew is also a good winger who can play on either flank. He is someone who excels with his tireless running and is equally adept at closing down the opposition. He can also contribute defensively and win the ball back for his team.
Ayew is a fast, sharp and agile player who has a lot of quality and trickery on the ball and he is more than capable of creating chances with his creativity, vision and deliveries from crosses. The 29-year-old also has a penchant for scoring goals and chipping in with some valuable assists.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been one of the standout performers for Sean Dyche’s side but someone like Ayew can add that cutting edge to their attack, whilst also bolstering squad depth and increasing competition for places in the midfield.
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The Clarets should look to challenge for a top-ten finish once again next season and Andre Ayew could prove to be an important addition to the squad.
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