According to the BBC, Burnley are set to bring back West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez to the club this summer after the Clarets met the striker’s release clause.
The forward looks as though he’ll depart for £10m, £5m of which will be paid now. The remaining fee will then be paid next summer per the report.
Facing a season without Dwight Gayle, it will leave the Baggies with just one central striking option in Hal Robson-Kanu.
Understandably, certain segments of the Hawthorns faithful raised concerns about the news on Twitter. One fan claimed he thought the club were now in trouble whilst another said they found it difficult to have any love for the current squad.
Another supporter said that pre-season had been an emotional rollercoaster. One individual urged West Brom to spend, saying they were ridiculously short on forward options.
Rodriguez was in brilliant form for Albion last term, scoring 22 goals and claiming a further six assists as he struck a wonderful partnership alongside Gayle. Between them, the pair notched 46 times in 2018/19.
Here’s the best of the reaction.
I think we’re in trouble. We now need two right backs, two centre backs, a CDM, a CM, a winger and at least two strikers
— KJGx (@_kjgx) July 8, 2019
Ridiculously short of strikers now. They have the money to spend & need to get on with it asap
— ian griffiths (@griffraces) July 8, 2019
If Mondays weren’t bad enough.
— Jack Bambrick (@JackBambrick97) July 8, 2019
At this rate, it’s looking like a massive season ahead for Olly Burke. Let’s not even pretend HRK is a striker, he can either play out wide or not at all.
— Dan Nash (@DanNash86) July 8, 2019
Finding it increasingly difficult to have any love for the squad these days- majority of the first team turned over every two years. Players held on to as they are promised a reduced fee in 12 months and loans who have no intention of a permanent move. ??
— Alex T (@AlexT_007) July 8, 2019
Oh no. I’m gutted if this happens.
— Michelle O-Williams (@Michelleowwba) July 8, 2019
This pre season has been an emotional rollercoaster!!!! The low of being told we won’t be signing Gayle, the high of getting Bilic in as manager and now the low of JRod going!!! I fear more lows then highs to come and how are we going to replace THAT front line ??♂️? #wba
— Gaz (@GazPodmorePT) July 8, 2019
I’m even wobbling my own head with what I am about to say but surely @wba have a plan if willing to let these players leave. Surely? Hopefully? I can’t stop my head from wobbling. Help!!!
— Marc Evans (@rowleybaggie) July 8, 2019