At £5 million, Leeds should consider Jay Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez of West Bromwich Albion (C) celebrates scoring the second goal of the game at Villa Park on February 16, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Leeds should take opportunity to weaken West Brom.

WBA player Jay Rodriguez shoots at goal during the Sky Bet Championship EPL match between West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns on February 12, 2019 in West Bromwich,...

In a division as competitive as the Championship, clubs vying for promotion must seize every chance they get.

And it isn't often a club gets a chance to strengthen, and weaken a direct rival.

That's precisely what Leeds United should be considering regarding West Bromwich Albion.

The Telegraph report Baggies striker Jay Rodriguez is free to leave if a club meets his £5 million release clause.

 

Rodriguez, a former England international, scored 22 goals last season for West Brom in 47 games.

That's more than any of Leeds' strikers managed, with Kemar Roofe netting 15 and Patrick Bamford 10.

Both players' seasons were affected by injury, which is precisely why Leeds need another alternative.

Jay Rodriguez of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on...

There is Premier League interest in Rodriguez, so signing the Baggies forward won't be easy.

It certainly looks like one of Leeds' promotion rivals is set to be weakened.

But the Whites should set about trying to be the ones to really benefit, and bringing the 29-year-old to Elland Road.

He can be the target man which Marcelo Bielsa's sides have previously utilised so well, and Leeds currently lack.

£5 million is a snip in the current market and Leeds should make a statement by activating the release clause.

Jay Rodriguez of West Bromwich Albion looks dejected following a missed chance during the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between West Bromwich Albion v Southampton at The Hawthorns on...

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