Despite financial restrictions, West Brom losing Rodriguez would be disastrous

According to Express & Star, West Brom are in danger of losing Jay Rodriguez this summer with Bournemouth holding an interest in the player.

What’s the word?

Rodriguez was brilliant for the Baggies in 2018/19, finding the back of the net on 22 occasions.

However, after failing to achieve promotion, Albion could now lose their star striker.

Express & Star suggest that Bournemouth could be in for the player, just over a year after they first registered their interest.

Back in 2018 the Midlands club wanted £20m for the player but it remains to be seen how much they now value him at.

Last summer Burnley had a bid of £16m knocked back for the forward, but it may not be as easy to keep him on this occasion after Luke Dowling admitted that Premier League quality players may leave.

Disaster on the cards for West Brom

If Rodriguez does depart then it would continue to plummet Albion into mediocrity.

After declaring they wouldn’t be able to hold onto Dwight Gayle due to financial reasons, they simply must keep his strike partner from the recent campaign.

There is a serious rebuilding job facing whoever walks in as the next permanent boss at the Hawthorns but one of his first tasks must be to ensure the 29-year-old stays.

Following the climax of Gayle’s loan spell, they were staring at a lack of goals but if another player with over 20 strikes to his name walks through the exit door it would spell disaster.

Regardless of financial restrictions, the 6ft 1 attacker is a player they must keep at the club.

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Craig Dawson has been the subject of a possible move to Burnley and it’s players like him that they’d be better shipping on, rather than someone who is guaranteed to score goals at Championship level.

At the moment, Albion are in real danger of dropping off the pace altogether next term. Things are far from certain in most facets of the club but selling Rodriguez would only make things worse.

They cannot afford to let it happen.