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Jay Rodriguez hoping to blow away West Brom's opponents

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Jay Rodriguez is confident Albion’s arsenal of attacking talent will be able to blow away most opponents in the Championship.

Jay Rodriguez (AMA)

The 29-year-old has built a strong partnership up front with Dwight Gayle in the early stages of the season, and the pair have already scored seven goals between them.

But Albion’s top scorer believes the team’s strength in depth will be one of the key components this season.

Matt Phillips, Kieran Gibbs, and Harvey Barnes have all chipped in with goals from midfield, while Hal Robson-Kanu has added two off the bench.

Youngsters Oliver Burke, Kyle Edwards and Jonathan Leko have all scored in the Carabao Cup too.

“If you look at the people that have scored, it’s not just one or two players,” said Rodriguez. “We’ve got a group of lads that can score at any point.

“We have a lot of attacking options. If you have a team that anyone can score in, it’s really good. We’ve worked on that and it’s showing.”

The Baggies are the Championship’s top scorers with 15 goals from their first six league games, and Rodriguez is enjoying the new-found approach.

“The football we’re playing has been really good,” he said. “We’re passing it quickly and moving it around the back.

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“We’re creating a lot of chances, and scoring a lot of goals.

“I think it’s credit to the lads and to the staff that have put the system in place.

“We’re still working hard on it and we’re still trying to improve on it and I think it’s the right way to go."

Rodriguez is also enjoying playing up front with Gayle, who has won him three penalties already this season.

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“It’s really good to play with Dwight," said Rodriguez. "He’s a great lad off the field. He fits in perfectly.

“The stuff he does on the field; he’s quick, he’s sharp, he works hard. We’ve seen how good his finishing is.

“The first goal especially against Stoke was different level. It’s things like that that you buzz off.

“He’s such a good guy. We talk a lot and we’re trying to work out little things we can do when we’re up against different types of defenders.

“Hopefully our partnership grows.

“A lot of teams go one up front. I think it [two up front] fits the way we want to play.

"We’re working on how to receive balls in good areas."

"If the manager decides to change it it will be for the right reasons."

Albion are back in action this Friday when they travel to St. Andrew's to play Birmingham City.

“The atmosphere is going to be good," said Rodriguez. "It’ll be a tough game but the main thing is to get the three points.

“Hopefully we get a good result on Friday and you can sit back and watch it unfold on Saturday."

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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