Why it is vital Southampton keep hold of Jay Rodriguez

Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez is the latest to be linked with a move away, but they cannot afford to lose him.

This summer has seen huge changes at St Mary's and the set-up is almost unrecognisable from the one that brought them great success last season.

Their exploits in just their second season back in the top flight were always likely to gain them some attention in the form of bigger clubs trying to poach their assets. Mauricio Pochettino has left to become manager of Tottenham Hotpsur, and Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert are now teammates at Liverpool.

Luke Shaw has also left to join Manchester United, but Southampton did manage to get an incredible £30 million for him. Dejan Lovren has also been linked with joining Lallana and Lambert at Liverpool and now Jay Rodriguez is also being rumoured to be on Brendan Rodgers' shopping list.

The Daily Mail reports Rodgers is looking at Rodriguez as well as Wilfried Bony and Loic Remy as they look to spend the £75 million brought in from the Suarez sale. The former Burnley player can't play until October due to his injury but that doesn't seem to have deterred Liverpool.

Southampton need to keep Rodriguez to retain some identity from last season. Ronald Koeman will want to stamp his mark on the club and has already brought in Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle. However with so many players departing Koeman needs to keep hold of the remaining key players from last season.

The formula last year worked so well and it wouldn't do them any good starting from scratch again. Rodriguez was key to a lot of their attacking build up play and if he were to remain in the side then they can continue in a similar manner.

It may take time for Koeman's signings to adapt in the Premier League especially if he brings more in from abroad. Rodriguez knows the league well and if The Saints do take time to adapt with the new team then at least they can rely on him when he returns from injury. 

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