West Brom Boss Tony Pulis Discusses His Expectations for New Signing Jay Rodriguez
Tony Pulis has revealed he hopes Jay Rodriguez can be the answer to his side's striking woes for the upcoming season.
The Baggies only hit 43 goals in their 38 league matches in 2016/17, with Salamon Rondon finishing as the club's top scorer with eight.
Their lack of goal threat prompted Pulis to shell out £12m for Rodriguez, who couldn't force his way into the starting XI at Southampton under Claude Puel.
Pulis is confident in the 27-year-old, and said before his side's pre-season game with Leicester as quoted by Sky Sports: "Jay, up until he got his injury, was playing for England and you're looking at an extraordinary talent when he was at Southampton.
"I've spoken to a lot of people who have worked with him and, apart from those ravenous injuries, everyone will tell you he's a fantastic character. He works hard and his goal scoring speaks for itself. There's no question we need more competition up front and he'll bring that competition."
Rodriguez suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Manchester City in April 2014 and was sidelined for 16 months, and arguably hasn't been able to pick up where he left off, but with a new lease of life at the Hawthorns now on the horizon, football fans may well get to see a return of the man who was knocking on the door of the England starting XI.