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Rodriguez joy at bagging on his Baggies bow

21 July 2017

JAY Rodriguez is delighted to have hit the ground running by netting a superb strike on his Albion debut in Hong Kong.

The striker, a summer signing from Southampton, registered his maiden appearance in the club's Premier League Asia Trophy encounter against Leicester City and got off to the perfect start.

With just 10 minutes on the clock, Rodriguez received the ball from 25 yards out, took a touch forward and delivered a spectacular strike into the top corner.

The Foxes went on to triumph on penalties, a natural disappointment although the prime focus remains on fitness and match sharpness.

A feeling shared by Rodriguez despite the joy of bagging on his Baggies bow.

"It was lovely to get off the mark," said the frontman, heading into Saturday's encounter against Crystal Palace (ko 11am UK).

"I found myself in a little pocket, a pass from Jake (Livermore), I saw the goal, hit it and luckily it went in.

"I'm really pleased with it."

Rodriguez's versatility adds another dimension to the club's attacking options.

The 27-year-old started on the left against Leicester but picked up the ball in the hole for his goal and often looked effective in middle areas.

"I feel I am versatile," he said. "Throughout my career, even when I was young, I've played along the front, left and right, up top or just in behind.

"So I don't mind, as long as I'm playing, I enjoy playing, I enjoy playing football and that's all I want to do."

Rodriguez continued: "The players we've got in the squad, the young lads as well, they're all looking sharp, fit and it's great to be a part of.

"You can see the quality in training, it's a good place to be."


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