Le Tissier hopes form of Saints old boys convinces Rodriguez to stay

Jay Rodriguez

Former Southampton hero Matt Le Tissier is hoping Jay Rodriguez looks at the form of his ex-team-mates before deciding whether to leave the club or not.

Currently recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury, Jay Rodriguez had to sit back and watch as many of his team-mates left the club for pastures new this summer.

The striker did have admirers of his own with the likes of Tottenham expressing an interest and more recent reports are suggesting that Arsenal are monitoring his situation.

With many of his departed team-mates struggling to some extent at their new clubs, footballer turned Sky pundit, Matt Le Tissier, hopes Rodriguez takes this into account when making a decision on his long-term future.

When asked by the Daily Star if the 24-year-old was staying put, Le Tissier said: "I'd hope so.

"We aren't looking in too bad a shape this season - and Jay's still got to come back.

"If the seasons don't go well for the lads that have left, he could look at that and think sometimes the grass is not greener on other side and we can keep hold of him here.

"The club is in sound financial state right now. They did good business over summer and don't need to sell."

Only one of the high profile players that left St Marys this summer is proving themselves so far and that is Calum Chambers at Arsenal, the rest on the other hand are leaving a lot to be desired. 

At Liverpool Ricky Lambert is a benchwarmer, Lallana is just getting to grips with his new team-mates after returning from injury and Lovren has been apart of the much criticised Reds back four.

Luke Shaw has had a stuttering start to his career at Manchester United too as he was criticised for being unfit by new United boss Louis Van Gaal and subsequently put on extra training. He then suffered an injury which kept him out until last weekend where he made his debut in the 2-1 home win over West Ham.

The only thing Jay Rodriguez should be concentrating on at the moment anyway is getting back fit, and then working his way back into the Southampton squad, which might not be that easy with their brilliant form at present.

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