The events of the previous summer mean Southampton supporters must be excused of any trepidation harboured with regards to the future of forward Jay Rodriguez.
Saints fans witnessed almost all of their heroes jump ship prior to 2014/15’s commencement and it has been widely reported that their England international forward would follow this pre-season, along with French schemer Morgan Schneriderlin.
The former Burnley ace is reportedly set to refute these widespread claims, however, by inking a new contract at St Mary’s, prompting his odds to be at Southampton on September 3rd to tumble into 2/5.
Should these rumours come to be realised, Southampton won’t be the only benefactors, three more parties set to profit from the Lancastrian Latino extending his stay with Ronald Koeman’s side.
Koeman’s coaching has been responsible for the drastic improvement of several Southampton staples this season.
Jose Fonte and Nathaniel Clyne have been two of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League and both have broken into their respective national teams.
New signings Ryan Bertrand and Fraser Forster have shone under his instruction too, while attackers Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle have enjoyed relatively productive campaigns in front of goal.
The chances for J-Rod to properly work with the Dutchman have been hampered by the ACL injury he has been recovering from for over a year and if the improved fortunes of his colleagues are anything to go by, he’s sure to prosper from Koeman’s tutelage.
Rodriguez scored 15 goals before his 2013/14 was cut cruelly short by the aforementioned injury and replacing such a potent net-bulging source will cost a packet.
Deploying the 25-year-old from a wide berth will give the opposition more to ponder, which, in turn, would see Mane and Pelle receive less attention from defences.
Spurs were the club most commonly linked with a move for Rodriguez and remain 5/2 to sign him this summer.
Paying a premium for a player who hasn’t featured in over a year represents a sizeable risk, while the well-documented travails of his teammates who fled St Mary’s last summer should’ve been sufficient deterrent.
His prospective penning of a new deal will spare the Lilywhites of this potential frittering of funds.
Rodriguez is more likely to flourish on the south coast than he is at White Hart Lane, which, needless to say, is better for the Three Lions.
English attackers stationed out wide haven’t savoured a successful spell in north London under Mauricio Pochettino.
Andros Townsend rarely makes the team and Aaron Lennon’s Spurs future doesn’t look bright after he was loaned out to Everton.