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Stoke City plotting a Summer move for Burnley Star

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Stoke City are still fighting to keep their second-tier status with three matches remaining in the Championship season.

Following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, the Potters are just three points above safety, in 20th place.

Despite this, it appears like the team is already preparing for life in the Championship next season.

Stoke City eyeing Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez

 

According to TEAMtalk, Stoke are planning a move for Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez this summer.

The 34-year-old Clarets striker is out of contract at Turf Moor this summer, and the Potters are aiming to sign him on a free transfer if no new agreement is reached.

According to The TEAMtalk report, no new contract is currently on the table, therefore Rodriguez may leave for free this summer.

Rodriguez could be a shrewd signing for Stoke

Keeping the aforementioned connections in mind, some of our FLW writers have discussed various aspects of the probable transaction below.

Our writers discuss if Rodriguez is a suitable fit for the Potters and what the 34-year-old could offer to the Bet365 Stadium.

Simmey Hannifin-Donaldson

This is an intriguing transfer link ahead of the summer, but it may be one that makes sense for the Potters.

The club has struggled with goals this season, notably from their forwards.

For example, Stoke City is ranked 21st out of 24 Championship teams in terms of goals scored this season, which has undoubtedly contributed to their current relegation battle.

To that end, the club’s top scorer this season is left-winger Andre Vidigal, who has only six league goals, and the club’s top striker, Ryan Mmaee, who has only three league goals.

With that stated, it’s understandable that Stoke are seeking for forwards this summer, and bringing in Rodriguez on a free transfer could be a wise move. Not only can he score goals, but he also has extensive Championship experience.

The 34-year-old has previously scored 64 goals in the league and, as a squad player at Burnley last season, reached double figures in 28 appearances.

Rodriguez would also offer plenty of promotion-winning experience, which, while it may seem far off right now, is undoubtedly the ultimate goal for an ambitious team like Stoke.

Overall, this appears to be a viable offer for Stoke to pursue, assuming Rodriguez’s salary expectations are reasonable.

Ben Wignall

Rodriguez has scored goals at Championship levels and on occasion in the Premier League throughout the years, so his goal-scoring talent is undeniable.

In 2022-23, he started just 20 games (coming off the bench in the remaining eight) and scored 10 goals, which is an impressive record.

Rodriguez, on the other hand, will be 35 years old when the 2024-25 season begins, and while Stoke may require a bit more experience at the top end of the pitch to compliment Niall Ennis and Ryan Mmaee next season, if they split ways with Tyrese Campbell and Wesley, this may be a disastrous move.

The veteran forward might fetch a big salary, which Stoke are attempting to avoid these days by focusing on younger overseas talents as part of their transfer strategy.

Rodriguez could be fine as a substitute or rotational player if the wages are reasonable and he does not start every week, but Stoke should be looking forward rather than backwards in their recruitment – and don’t forget that their Championship position next season is far from secure right now.

 

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