The Monday Profile: Jay Rodriguez

Posted by on Oct 17, 2011 in The Monday Profile | 2 Comments
The Monday Profile: Jay Rodriguez
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An earsplittingly loud tannoy that recalls the musical excesses of late eighties noiseniks such as Swans or Einstürzende Neubautenis one of the side effects of a trip to Burnley’s Turf Moor, but through the aural ache, a significant element was discernible.For the announcer for Saturday’s encounter with Reading was intent on displaying one clever motif. His determination to list the Clarets’ XI in numerical order was abandoned when, having proclaimed the presence of “Number 23: Charlie Austin”, he strayed from the linear to utter, “Number 9: Jay Rodriguez”.Having been lulled into the hope that the in form striker would be absent, I found this leaving of the best to last to be telling – there’s little doubt that everyone in this particular part of East Lancashire feel they have more than quite a good player on their hands.

Rodriguez has form. Having top scored last season with 15 goals, the 21 year old already has 8 this time out; most recently pillaging the winner in the hard won 1-0 victory over Millwall last week. Indeed, on the way into the ground, a bear of a youth proclaimed his excellence to me – and the programme on this day was lobbying for him to be named as the North West’s Championship Player of the Year award for last season. If you want to vote for Jay, get yourself over to this link at No Nay Never.

With five of the local boy’s tally having come in a 6-3 Carling Cup spanking of Burton, another in the same competition against Barnet and a brace against Steve McLaren’s hapless Nottingham Forest, I was a tad cynical – after all, Rodriguez seems to have been around for ages now, having first debuted in 2007 and existed on the fringes of the team through the promotion season of 2008-9. Injury disallowed him from enacting much of an impression as a Premier League player, but relegation has been the making of him.

Here, had I not been partisan, I would have enjoyed the deft cleverness of his link up play with the bustling and almost equally impressive Charlie Austin, although both were forced to come wider and deeper than they might have liked for possession. His one touch play is admirable and he has the sleekness of the kind of player who could prosper at a higher echelon, doing well with service that could have been more reliable. Central midfielder Marvin Bartley won the man of the match award but looks to be in the destroyer rather than creator category and Junior Stanislas showed raw pace but little else down the left.

Rodriguez, the product of a Spanish father who once graced the turf at Deportivo de La Coruà±a’s Riazor Stadium, took his bow as an England under-21 man in February and is all important for Clarets as they adjust to the significant departures of Wade Elliott, Jack Cork and Chris Eagles, as well as the continued injury problems of Martin Paterson.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 50 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.


  1. Stanley
    October 18, 2011

    He has been a particular thorn in the side for Millwall throughout his short career. Very impressive movement, which is rare for a young English striker in the lower echelons. Thanks for reminding me of the 0-1 defeat t'other week: I have to say, Rodriguez apart, Burnley looked sluggish. They used the flanks a lot, but perhaps a lock-picking central midfielder would be get more out of the front two.

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