Photo: Jay Rodriguez scores first Southampton goal since March 2014

Jay Rodriguez

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez - previously a target for Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Manchester City - is finally back on the scoresheet.

After a lengthy rehabilitation from injury Jay Rodriguez is finally back on the scoresheet.

The striker netted Southampton's equaliser in the Europa League against Danish side FC Midtjylland in a 1-1 draw at St. Mary's.

Rodriguez missed the entire 2014/15 season with a knee injury, despite having originally been expected to return midway through the season.

He was in prolific form prior, earning international recognition for England, and could even have made the Three Lions World Cup squad.

Even while on the treatment table, he was a reported transfer target for high profile Premier League sides.

The Mirror reported in January that Tottenham Hotspur were plotting an offer, while Manchester City had in the same month been linked with a £20 million offer, claimed The Mail, with the report also citing interest from Liverpool.

Rodriguez's recovery took longer than anticipated, but in May he signed a new long-term deal to stay at Southampton, with his previous contract set to expire in a year's time, as reported The Mirror.

The deal offers him security when injury suggested uncertainty, and now he has the chance to repay the Saints.

Of the claimed interested clubs only Tottenham are still in need of a striker, with City and Liverpool buying Wilfried Bony and Christian Benteke respectively.

Yet for now Rodriguez is likely to remain put and start rediscovering his form, with the carrot of a Euro 2016 squad place with England his ultimate goal.

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