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A Jay in the Life of Laws!

Clarets striker, Jay Rodriguez has found it difficult to break into the first-team this season not helped of course by an injury he picked up in a Reserves game against Hull last September. He had a fractured ankle and was sidelined for over three months before being back in contention.

He has made just two appearances this season both in the Carling Cup. He was in the starting eleven against Hartlepool and then came on from the bench after 15 minutes in the defeat against Barnsley at Oakwell.

Yet to make his Premier League debut, after returning from injury his only other appearance was as an unused sub in the FA Cup defeat against Reading at the Madejski in January this year.

Shortly after, Brian Laws took the decision to send Rodriguez out on loan and he agreed a one month move to Barnsley.

Rodriguez is understood to have enjoyed his time at Oakwell and he scored on his debut for them after coming on from the bench late on against Preston.

In total he played in six games for the Tykes but only one of those matches was in the starting eleven with five substitute appearances. Nevertheless he helped Barnsley win four of those games and give them a sniff of the play-offs.

It is understood Burnley boss Brian Laws will now give him a run-out in the reserves game tonight against Everton at the Crown Ground to increase his match sharpness.

The question after that though is whether Laws will keep him at Turf Moor and see if he can fight for a first team place and make his debut in the top flight or whether he thinks another loan spell will be more beneficial.

Speaking to the Official Site on this issue Brian Laws said:

"He`s not had a lot of air time which is a little bit disappointing'

"The plan is to really give him a full work-out this week and play him in the reserves on Thursday when he`ll get a good run-out."

Laws is expected to make a decision on whether to loan out Jay Rod again in the next couple of weeks

"There is always a possibility. I would never dismiss it if it`s necessary and I wouldn`t dismiss it for any player," added the Clarets` chief.

"Jay`s our player and what we`ve got to is make sure we do everything right for him.

"If that means going out for another loan period and it was the right thing to do then we would do that.

"But I see a lot of good talent there and if he stays with us hopefully over the coming weeks he can starts pushing himself towards the team."


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 4 2010

Time: 11:18AM

Your Comments

Can you see him getting a run out in the first team with Pato back to form and it seems Fletcher, Nugent and even Thompson also ahead of him in the pecking order? Unless we continue to play like plonkers and we need to try Plan Z, I think a loan spell is going to be best option for Jay Rod
turfmanphil
what phil? you think laws will do the right thing for the wage bill? i doubt it, keep him sat on the bench rotting and pay him, i would have a fit jay rod over super fit nugent all day long..hope he gets his chance to play for at least a championship club till he is 100%
palsdad
I dont think Jay is currently good enough for the Premiership and need to gain more experience. In the situation we are in, it is not the time to be playing him. I agree with Phil and a loan move would be the best option for both club and Jay.
Claretdale
Remember that IF Pompey get liquidated on 15 March (and I reckon that both the judge and the tax are running short of patience) I am pretty sure that our contact to loan Nuge from them would be invalidated, and he'd be a free agent, possibly no longer restricted by the 2-club rule.
Couch Potato
Maybe that's part of the thinking behind Laws taking two weeks before deciding what to do with Jay Rod?
turfmanphil
Agree with Dale 100 % - but I don't think Jay Rodriguez is any worse than David Nugent.
RickersTwickers
A good move to get him as much experience as possible, he's definitely one for the future, and who knows how good he'll get? I think he's going to be a good un with what I've seen so far.
WelshClaret
I would rather keep Jay Rod and bring him on for the last 20 minutes has RT I don't think he is any worse than Nugent, he will be up for it a local lad wanting to score in the Premiership the stuff of dreams!!!
8clarets8
 

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